Killing Them Softly – 4 out of 5
Is there nothing Brad Pitt can’t do as an actor? He’s been an imaginary friend who convinces the man making him up to make a club that shouldn’t be spoken of and then tries to create a revolution from the club I’m not suppose to talk about, he’s played an ultra-cool criminal out to rob a casino, he’s been a krill, a baseball team manager, a super spy, a vampire, probably once played God I’m assuming, maybe even played a fat guy once—the point I’m making is Pitt is a tremendous actor. He keeps proving time and time again there isn’t a part he can’t play…with maybe the exception of being an unattractive man that women are incapable of finding desirable or fuckable in anyway—that he can’t play because he’s Brad “I Give Women Orgasms By Just Looking At Them” Pitt.
|Women are throwing their panties at their monitors just for this still of him|
|"Um...forget about it?"|
|His credibility as a career criminal is just oozing off his face...or that might have to|
do with the heroin.
For a crime film, Killing Them Softly doesn’t contain an elaborate heist—rather two dudes wearing pantyhose on their domes with guns in their hands robbing a poker night—and it doesn’t move at a feverish pace. The film is kinda slow but methodical in its movements that, by the time the end of the film comes around (and Brad Pitt gives a short but really awesome speech to Richard Jenkins’ character), the payoff is huge. In fact, the film is all about payoff with its pace.
|Being the internet, there's probably already a fetish for being pushed around|
by a guy wearing pantyhose on his head and holding a gun.
There’s not much violence in it either but when the few violent scenes appear the brutal presentation and sudden arrival of it shocks the system and makes for a delightful antithesis to the speed the film’s narrative has been delivered up to and at those points. The film is also heavy on dialogue and while these scenes of guys talking offers up some rich character development and giving hints to the characters’ histories and emotional states there is a real chance that those looking for a “boom boom, shoot ‘em dead” crime film will become bored by the seemingly lethargic pace the film takes.
|"I'm going to the gun range. Stop breaking my balls about the glasses."|
|His character's name is Driver and he's DRIVING!!!|
|"I'm the hero the mob needs..."|
At its forefront, Killing Them Softly is a character driven crime film with tremendous acting and storytelling that's precise and meticulous. While the film does move slowly at points and can be heavy on scenes of dudes just talking and not shooting each other in the face the payoff it gives when dudes really do get shot in the face and, adding with it, some great camera work and scene construction (one of Jackie’s hit is a pretty awesome spectacle to witness) really makes the film work and made it very entertaining.