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5 Sure Signs Brad Pitt Is in Paycheck Mode

Skip the brainless blockbuster World War Z.

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John Boot

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June 21, 2013 - 9:00 am
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2) The Cast Is Full of Nobodies.

Mireille Enos? James Badge Dale? Daniella Kertesz? Fana Mokoena? Who are these people? Looks like there wasn’t much money left in the salary jar to hire anyone good after Brad took his cut. Or maybe every supporting actor who got a look at the script decided to pass because there wasn’t much for them to do. Which brings up….

3) It’s All About Brad.

In Pitt’s quality movies, he’s shown a lot of generosity in sharing the screen, allowing other characters to make an impact. Jesse James was an ensemble piece, Moneyball gave almost equal time to the Jonah Hill character and he was a relatively small element of the epics The Tree of Life and Inglourious Basterds. Even in his interesting failures, like Killing Them Softly, which featured Ray Liotta and the late James Gandolfini, Pitt has been willing to share the spotlight. Not in World War Z, in which all other characters essentially spend their time watching Brad be awesome. The film is as much a showcase for Brad as the similarly forgettable, lowest-common-denominator efforts Meet Joe Black and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. 

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I liked the book, and I like the movie. The book was fluff, a fun read, and the movie is fluff too. There's nothing wrong with fluff. It's fun sometimes. The only connection between the book and the movie that I could see was the title and the fact that the movie did have zombies in it. Past that, it was completely different. They also seemed to have cut out a fair amount of what was in the trailers. Russia was cut completely. But definitely worth seeing. Also, I adore Pitt. He's cute and I like his voice. Win-win.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
No go, no see. It is a strange movie that can transform non-stop action into an exercise of boredom. Even the ads are boring with the ant-like hordes of zombies.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Our forefathers pledged their lives their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Many of the gave those lives and those fortunes.

Those of you who continue to support the ever more anti-America Hollywood spit on their sacred honor.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
So the meat of this review is don't go see it because you have some sort of class envy/artistic sell out issue with the guy? Where am I the village Voice? Saw it today, read the book (and am rereading it just for the heck of it) and the movie was a very fair compromise on the book. I'd have rather seen it as a 20 hr series on HBO or something along those lines but barring that it was a fair treatment. Let the zombies run so the plague spreads at warp speed and the story along with it. Ideal? No. but not a loser. Oh and all the supporting performances were fine to excellent. Just because they aren't the name of the week does not make them hacks. Really disappointing tone here.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
"Problem: the audience figures out early going in that this is pretty much going to be the whole story, so the only reason to stick around is to ogle the special effects and worship his Bradness."

For those of us who are zombie fans, the movie doesn't have to be that good. We have the Walking Dead for good drama. I plan to see the movie DESPITE Brad Pitt being in it.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
The problem with the movie is that it didn't take the opportunity to distinguish itself from other zombie apocalypse movies, and the book offered this opportunity. World War Z could have made a great movie franchise, but it required a bit more imagination on the part of the scriptwriters and the producers.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Other than Kalifornia, Snatch - Pitt's BEEN in 'Paycheck Mode'.

Guy has been a sellout from the beginning. He lucked into the aforementioned movies as do most popular actors.

Look at Johnny Depp. He's billed as some odd albeit cool, strangely attractive hipster in his heyday. The same guy whom had a tattoo of then-barely legal Winona Ryder, 'Winona Foreva'. Depp should be thanking his agent each and everyday for selling him as 'mysterious'.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
James Badge Dale, I believe, was Lecke in "The Pacific." No need to rag on him
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Fair point on the cast, but James Badge Dale is excellent in quite a few other outings.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Pitt may lose money on this one, because he owns it.

I am glad Brad Pitt made WW-Z because I am considering framing his June 2013 Vanity Fair cover photo (credit to Fred R Conrad), although not sure I will see the movie after reading Laura Holson's account of the "Epic Battle" to make this film. Ok, I have to see it if only to find out which version made the final cut.

It's interesting that Pitt has avoided chick-flicks since his breakout in "Thelma and Lousie".
Too bad, because some of his 'serious' films are too post-modern to even pique my interest despite his appeal on the big screen.



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