Killing Them Softly lands hard at Cannes! - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis

Killing Them Softly lands hard at Cannes!

Not only has Andrew Dominik’s film ‘Killing Them Softly’ been going over fairly well so far at Cannes, it’s also been the first flick to stir up some controversy. Star Brad Pitt has had to defend the film against the perception that it’s anti President Obama, according to The Hollywood Reporter here. Apparently, the crime story we all know it to be is also peppered with a number of campaign speeches of Obama’s during the 2008 election season, leading some to insinuate that the story is a critique of that. Pitt says otherwise (and from what I’ve read it seems to go either way), but I suppose we’ll just have to decide for ourselves in a few months. As for the film itself, the reviews have been on the positive side so far, and after the jump I’ll share a few with you, but we might just have a bigger Awards contender on our hands than previously expected (I know I was mildly skeptical of its chances in my Awards Profile of it here one the site). Check out the early word below…

Two of the most positive reviews so far have been from The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy (here) and The Playlist’s Kevin Jagernauth (here). The former calls it “A tasty modern crime yarn with political overtones, Brad Pitt and an over-weaning sense of style”, while the latter proudly declares that the “Brilliant & angry ‘Killing Them Softly’ is the Anti-Thriller for our times”. Strong praise indeed. Not everyone has been as high on the flick as these two, but strong initial word like this can be a good springboard for the movie. Time will tell, but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing much more from this film…

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  • http://TheAwardsCircuit Joey Magidson

    More mixed to negative reviews have cropped up since I wrote this piece, but I remain rather excited for this flick!

  • Jessie Makowski

    The political overtones have me very curious…I’m pro Obama, but if it’s critical in a way that isn’t stupid, I won’t mind one bit.

    • http://TheAwardsCircuit Joey Magidson

      I’m still an Obama fan as well, but I don’t think a critical look that isn’t Tea Party can’t be used in a good film, so we’ll see.

  • koook160

    If it’s even half as good as Dominik’s last film, I’m fine.

    • http://TheAwardsCircuit Joey Magidson

      Fair enough.

  • Jim Wilson

    Good to hear. Dominik has had an amazing start to his career and hopefully he goes from strength to strength.

    • http://TheAwardsCircuit Joey Magidson

      Agreed.