Swearing, drinking, drug use, bad driving and worse taste are all here. But everyone keeps asking me whether it’s as good as “Calvary” or “The Guard”.
No. It isn’t. But it does have some sparkling lines and reminders of how terrific a writer John Martin McDonagh is, at his best.
Directing and writing this, it feels like he’s straining to do an American version of his brother Martin’s film “In Bruges”. And “War On Everyone” is definitely not in the same league as that.
But there is fun in the joy Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena have in being rotten cops. The New Mexico setting is beautiful, ugly and distinctive. Tessa Thompson, Malcolm Barrett and David Wilmot stand out in smaller parts.
The audience at the Stratford East Picturehouse enjoyed it, as did I. But I had to agree with the guy who said “haven’t we seen all this before, in better movies”.
It gave me a craving to go and watch all Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry tales, again.
The soundtrack is fantastic.
This is fun to watch and has a great cast and some super lines, but it isn’t unmissable. Pity.