It is not all about dialogues
I loved this movie! The continuous contrast between what you see on the screen and the fragments of presidential motivational speeches (crap) is presented in a genius way and the ending speech of brad Pitt about thomas Jefferson just tops the cake! F'in perfect!
the ending saved the movie...
Amazing cinematography, great dialogues, poor story. Pitt looks good though.
Let me sum up Killing Them Softly for you, a basic mob movie that wants to be more than that so Dominik concocts some pretentious connection between the mob and U.S. politics so that they can convince themselves their basic mob movie is more than that. The political connection doesn't even make any sense. It's basically "hey the government is similar to the mob because they both have an economy!" It sounds like a teenagers attempt at edgy satire. Not only is the connection incredibly pretentious and over the top, it's also shoved down the audiences collective throats. Dominik presents his satire with the subtlety of a Michael Bay movie, constantly placing in political speeches to try to be clever. He treats his audience like kindergartners and insults their intelligence. I probably would have liked it better if he had just completely skipped his pretentious satire and just stuck to a basic mob movie, at least then I wouldn't feel spoonfed. The visuals are more impressive than your average movie, especially with one of the execution scenes. Overall though it just feels like a waste of time that will insult your intelligence on the side. Terrible movie, just an absolute waste of my time.
Killing Them Softly by Andrew Dominik. Now, despite this only being his third film, I've come to understand that he's got a little bit of recognition in the film scene. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford has been on my watch list for quite some time, and I still haven't seen it (story of my life). But now that I've seen this movie, even though I wouldn't call it phenomenal, it's got me more than interested to check out his previous works. This movie not only serves as a mobster crime story, but is also able to make a lot of statements on America's financial system for anybody paying attention. All of the performances are great, and the characters are consistently well written, but what really brings it home is how uniquely stylised it is, with some really interesting choices in audio editing. Now unfortunately, despite praising the choices made for audio editing, there was at least one moment where I heard some clipping, but overall this is a very well done film. The pacing and conclusion are a little bit unconventional, so try not to get caught up in your expectations for where the story goes, but I found this movie to be very entertaining, and I'm looking forward to checking out his others.