Movies reviewed this week: War Dogs, The Secret Life of Pets, Skiptrace, Bollywatch: Happy Bhag Jayegi.
It’s a rollicking ride as a few of the cast and the director from The Hangover trilogy reunite for War Dogs, which is based on a true story published in Rolling Stone magazine in 2011.
In true Hangover form, this movie is a comedy starring the brilliant Jonah Hill as Efraim Diveroli and Miles Teller as David Packouz, old high school buddies who team up to win a dodgy US$300 million (RO115m) contract to arm US allies in Afghanistan – after undercutting the big guns by a massive US$54 billion.
What follows is a comedy of errors and plain dumb luck as Diveroli and Packouz head off on a hilarious journey that takes them from Miami to Albania and, of course, Afghanistan and on to living the high life.
Think Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – but in a war zone.
Throw in some shady characters, such as the sleazy arms dealer Henry Girard (Bradley Cooper), add a touch of Scarface and Goodfellas and you’ve got yourself a winning movie – but will their luck win out?
Directed by the talented Todd Phillips, this is a definite must-see
Review by Felicity Glover
The Secret Life of Pets
Have you ever wondered what your pets do when you close your door and head off to work and school every day? The Secret Life of Pets aims to solve that mystery, bringing to life a hilarious fictional tale on what goes on when pet owners leave their animals to their own devices. This animated comedy is a treat for kids and adults alike thanks to its stellar voiceover cast featuring the likes of Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks and Lake Bell.
Fans of Jackie Chan will be happy to see the martial arts superstar back on the big screen and still in fine form. Chan plays Bennie Chan, a Hong Kong detective on a 10-year crusade to track down slippery crime boss Victor Wong. But when complications arise, in comes fast-talking American Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville). Chan has lost none of his charm while the stunts are just as fun as ever.
Happy Bhag Jayegi
A romantic comedy starring Diana Penty, Abhay Deol and Jimmy Shergill, Happy Bhag Jayegi follows the adventures of a runaway bride who accidently lands in Lahore, Pakistan, causing a whole lot of mayhem along the way. Penty is brilliant as Happy and her one-liners come thick and fast. Directed by Mudassar Aziz, this Hindi-language film is a fun-filled escape but perhaps a little too long at two hours and 25 minutes. Unfortunately, the Hindustan Times reported that the film had been banned in Pakistan for showing a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.