May 23, 2017

Brad Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly” Trailer This is a terrific trailer for what is allegedly a terrific little crime drama. . I’d argue that it’s a net positive in this case. I’ve long argued that I’d rather see certain movies go completely without women that shoe-horn a random pretty girl (often played by an actress who should be getting better roles) in order to provide a token romantic subplot and/or an easy way to make one low-life more sympathetic than another (Ryan Gosling has a crush on Cary Mulligan in Drive, which makes him the ‘hero’ by default).

Obviously the best case scenario would be actually having well-written female characters that aren’t love interests, even in macho crime pictures like this (why not give James Gandolfini’s part to Melissa Leo?). But barring that, I’d much prefer to see a ‘strictly business’ sausage fest versus something like (random example) The Killer Elite which wastes a good twenty minutes of an already overlong movie attempting to shoe-horn in Jason Statham’s ultimately pointless relationship with Yvonne Strahovski (who on TV’s Chuck was a lead rather than ‘the girl’). Anyway, Killing Them Softly opens on October 19th, 2012. As always, we’ll see.

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