War Dogs review – Jonah Hill is repellently brilliant

The Guardian – This tale of twentysomething arms dealers can’t quite match its star’s tremendous performance.

Jonah Hill is so repellent – all swagger, sweat and unapologetic sexism – in War Dogs, that for a while, you don’t immediately realise what a blitzkrieg of a performance he delivers. Bulked up considerably for the role, he plays Efraim Diveroli, one half of a real-life pair of twentysomething Yeshiva schoolfriends from Miami who made millions by hawking dodgy supplies to the US military. He looks like a doughnut stuffed with testosterone and reckless ambition; his hyena laugh has a combination of pleading neediness and mania that makes it chillingly effective. It’s the force of Hill’s tremendous, committed performance, plus the chemistry with costar Miles Teller (very much the straight man here as Efraim’s business partner, David Packouz) which carries a film that takes too many cliched routes to ever match the quality of its lead actor.

Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) is an old hand at telling stories about blokes behaving badly, but with this film, which could have been the picture to elevate him from gross-out mass-market comedy to something a little more sophisticated, he drops the ball. The aim, evidently, was to combine the brash racket of American Hustle with the cynicism of Lord of War. But by copying Hustle’s voiceover narration, the blanket-bombing approach to music and the toe-tappingly obvious retro score, Phillips just looks lazy. It’s a pity, because this is a great story: a tall tale about a couple of chancers scoring billion-dollar deals and blundering through some of the most dangerous places in the world, it should have made for a propulsive, stylish thriller. Entertaining as it may be, original it certainly isn’t.

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‘War Dogs’ Photocall in Madrid !

On September 8, Jonah attended the ‘War Dogs’ photocall with his co-star Miles Teller at Hotel Santo Mauro in Madrid. The gallery has been updated with more than 50 high-quality photos. We will probably add more so stay tuned and enjoy !

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Actor Jonah Hill talks about Toronto, Drake and his new film War Dogs

The Star – Two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill’s latest comedy, War Dogs, is in theatres. He’ll direct his first movie, about teen street skateboarders, next year.

Drake needs to add another name to his housewarming party guest list when he moves into his Bridle Path mansion: Jonah Hill.

In Toronto to promote bro-comedy War Dogs, two-time Oscar nominee Hill, 32, said he often uses Drake as an icebreaker when he meets someone from Toronto.

“I’m a really big fan and it must be really cool to be from here and have him be having the career he’s having,” said Hill, who was impressed with the rapper’s plans for his massive 21,000-square-foot digs.

“Wow, I have to be invited.”

Or he could just email Drake and ask. He’s got Drizzy in his contacts list. On a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Hill sheepishly confessed to mistakenly emailing his weight-loss food diary to Drake instead of his doctor.

If critics have been mostly underwhelmed with War Dogs, they have had plenty of praise for Hill’s portrayal of scheming sociopath Efraim Diveroli, who teams with childhood friend David Packouz (Miles Teller) to sell arms to the U.S. military in the fact-based comedy from The Hangover’s Todd Phillips.

He plays Diveroli as a slick opportunist with a grating laugh, a quirk Hill worked in just before shooting began. It’s a calculated, phoney giggle engineered to make someone feel enough at ease to let their guard down.

Hill said he knew how Diveroli had to look — which included gaining weight he has since lost — “but I still felt there was something missing.”Continue Reading

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