This movie, just like all other movies about true stories, probably was exaggerated a bit to make it a more exciting movie. But a problem arises form that notion, what was embellished and what was real. War Dogs blurs the line of what actually happend and what is movie magic. The ridiculousness of the event to have even happend in real life is quite puzzling and outlandish, let alone what happens in the film.
That puzzling question aside, how was the movie? It might seem to be a generic story about a guy down on his luck but then rises to the top, only to get caught by the government - the real question is, is that actually generic. So maybe the happy ending, believe me it's a happy ending, makes it seem more of a generic story but thats life. With the movie TheWolf of Wall Street you saw the exact same thing, this movie should not be treated differently in that respect. So the main character coming out of the whole ordeal, pretty much unscathed, aside leaves what?
Another parallel this movie does that The Wolf of Wallstreet did was hire Jonah Hill as the supporting character. This is a fantastic choice due to that fact that Jonah Hill has proven to be a great actor that can really deliver a role at a high caliber. The laugh that he came up with for his character cements the movie and defines it. This might seem like an exaggeration, but it is not. That laugh, whenever heard, made me crack a smile which did wonders for this movie. But it still could not overcome the biggest factor that weighed the whole thing down.
Miles Teller, though part of the amazing movie Whiplash where J.K. Simmons won an Oscar for his supporting role, is not a strong actor. He seems to be trying to make movies that are likely to be nominated for awards, but the sad truth lies in his involvment. He brings down a project due to his inability to carry a movie as a lead. This movie was actually more successful that his latest attempt Bleed for This which is a complete failure. He seems to be a capble actor but he just isn't a draw for the mainstream moviegoer.
All in all if you do decide to watch this movie, just realise it's the Jonah Hill show. It probably has less jokes than you thought it might of had due to the pretty good trailers. Like most comedy movies it took the best jokes and used it in the ad campaign.
6.8/10 Jonah Hill's character could be friends with the new Joker