Excerpt: If you ever need further proof that Cinemascore ratings are useful only to studio moguls who think a higher grade equals bigger box office, just look at the pitiful grade of “F” that audiences awarded Andrew Dominik ’s “Killing Them Softly” (2012).
REVIEW: Brad Pitt Makes One Glorious Bastard In Stylish, Self-Conscious 'Killing Them Softly'
5 April 2013
Excerpt: Killing Them Softly is set in Boston, maybe. Someone mentions living in Somerville, a scattering of the characters have the accent, and they talk about going down to Florida. But the film was shot in New Orleans, often in the industrial edges still ragged from Hurricane Katrina, and the only people...
Excerpt: I love Brad Pitt. I mean really, who doesn’t? It was said that in his prime, Tom Cruise had both equal appeal to men and women which is why his movies were (and to a lesser extent, still are) so successful.
Conclusion: 'Killing Them Softly' is Andrew Dominik's third feature film, and while there are plenty of common themes running through his two other titles, this feels like a departure for the director in terms of style and delivery.
Conclusion: A notch beneath Brad Pitt's usual high standards, Killing Them Softly will disappoint some viewers, a number of whom will be turned off by the unappealing content and characters. But Andrew Dominik's film is fairly arresting, mostly well-executed, and clearly superior to the average crime drama.
Conclusion: I loved everything about Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly . It is stylish, it is subversive, it is funny, it is brilliantly directed. This is what modern noir films should look like. In a different year, Killing Them Softly could have won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Excerpt: With The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik had delivered a true top movie in which Brad Pitt got to shine in the lead role. When it became known the same director would again meet up with Pitt for another not-your-run-of-the-mill thriller, but this time...