What a fall from grace WAR ON EVERYONE represents for John Michael McDonagh. Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård are both fine, but the characters they play manage to be unappealing and uninteresting at the same time. They’re up against a weird bunch of bad(der) guys that don’t work in the slightest, and strange editing choices and stunning New Mexico landscapes are used to make up for a lack of substance. It’s not nasty enough to be an exploitation film, not smart enough to be satire and not funny enough to be a comedy either. McDonagh’s own CALVARY was funnier than this, and that wasn’t a comedy. When your best joke is spotting the one black guy in Iceland and your best scene is Skarsgård dancing with Tessa Thompson to Glen Campbell, you know you’re lacking a certain something. SSP
Search a Film or Person
I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Spike Jonze, Rian Johnson and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
I’m also on Twitter: Film in 133My Tweets
Fresh Thoughts on Film
Archived Thoughts on Film