(K. Brent Tomer),
THE NEW Netflix production, “War Machine”, can’t quite make up its mind what sort of film it is. At one level, it has elements of a conventional biopic. It tells the story of General Stanley McChrystal, the brilliant commander of special-operations forces in Iraq who was sent by Barack Obama in 2009 to bring new purpose to the war effort in Afghanistan. Almost exactly a year later, Mr Obama fired him after an article in Rolling Stone magazine by the late Michael Hastings (on whose book, “The Operators”, the film is based) revealed the general’s aides badmouthing Vice-President Joe Biden and civilian officials during an ill-fated trip to Paris.
But for some reason the film’s director, David Michod, decided that Stanley McChrystal should be re-named Glen McMahon and played by Brad Pitt. It seems unlikely to have been on the advice of lawyers. General McChrystal was never contacted by the film’s producers and never threatened legal action. Presumably, it was reckoned that Mr Pitt’s presence would help sell…Continue reading