War Dogs Review: 5 Ups & 4 Downs

Downs...4. The Blatant Overuse Of Popular Music
War Dogs Jonah Hill Miles Teller
Warner Bros.

It's clear from the outset that director Todd Phillips desperately wants to make a Scorsese movie, as evidenced no greater than by the borderline-abusive use of popular music to sell the movie's themes and ideas.

While Scorsese's movies typically deliver a playlist of songs that don't feel overly on-the-nose, the same can't be said here. Undeniably classic tunes like Iggy Pop's The Passenger, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here and The Who's Behind Blue Eyes are employed in the most blatantly, eye-rollingly literal manner, and even if you love the songs, it is a little groan-worthy.

It just feels a little transparent and lazy, and reminiscent of how Suicide Squad recently shoved relentless musical selections down our throats in a quest to seem "cool".



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