Conclusion: Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly is one of the very best films to be released theatrically in 2012. I loved it. As far as I am concerned, this is what modern noir films should look like. Now the film is finally available on Blu-ray in the United States. The technical presentation is very good, but once again I must say that I would have loved to see a much better selection of supplemental features.
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). The stylish, unconventional neo-noir crime drama (adjective overload, I know, but it fits) opened to weak box office – despite the presence of star Brad Pitt and a “fresh” rating of 75% at Rotten Tomatoes .
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 who seem to inhabit its universe are gangsters — high level ones with pretentions of civility and hardscrabble losers struggling to get a few dollars together by way of...
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. I’d say the torch has officially been passed to Brad Pitt and even though he’s approaching 50 years old, I think there’s plenty of women who’d give him the time of day, don’t you?
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. Whether or not Dominik was completely successful in how he presented the film, it certainly marks his next step as a filmmaker and an artist, and should put him on the list of auteurs worth keeping an eye out for.
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. It's probably not a film you return to much, if ever, and the Blu-ray combo pack offers frustratingly (but apparently intentionally) subpar picture and a light supply of extras.
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. EIV's technical presentation of the film is excellent, but I would have loved to see more supplemental features, possibly an interview with Brad Pitt.