Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. As Kurt Loder notes at Big Hollywood, Killing Them Softly, Brad Pitt’s new gangster film “Doubles Down on Capitalism Critiques:”
The concept of organized crime as a dark mirror image of American capitalism was firmly established in “The Godfather” 40 years ago. But it seems to be a hot new idea for writer-director Andrew Dominik, who beats it to death throughout his new movie, “Killing Them Softly.”
The picture is a talky noir set in the meltdown year of 2008. It’s littered with Obama campaign sound bites and radio bank-bailout reports, and the thudding political allegory keeps poking you in the face while you’re trying to keep track of the story.
Show-biz Website The Wrap notes today that the film is Pitt’s worst box office opening ever.
Curiously though, I doubt that report is being taken as good news for the anti-capitalism film’s star and its distributor, Obama-supporting Harvey Weinstein.
(Incidentally, how do the filmmakers stand on repealing the Hollywood Tax Cuts?)