American Made (2017)
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American Made makes the best use of Tom Cruise's shit-eating grin since I don't when, as the real life pilot who got himself tangled into very south-of-the-border scandal of the early 80s - the drug cartels, Manuel Noriega, the Nicaraguan Contras - played as an absurdist comedy, more The Big Short than The Wolf of Wall Street, though one might recognize the latter's "based on a true story" rags to riches to rags formula. Bourne's Doug Liman shoots it handheld, as is his wont, which almost turns it into a documentary - especially with the video confessional asides - but it doesn't quite achieve the style. Did love the retro video bits at the front and back of the film though. Ultimately, not a must, but still a fairly amusing look at how the big news of the Reagan era were connected. Especially interesting if you remember that time, and I personally did (Iran-Contra was my first scandal!), but fellow audience members who weren't alive back then still appreciated the glib history lesson.
Pretty good. Maybe tried to cover too much too fast. Would have benifited from being a little longer.
I don't put a lot of goodwill on him, but this is the best Cruise movie since Eyes Wide Shut, and so far the best movie I have seen in 2017 (granted I don't get out to see movies as often as I want to). It does help explain the complicated mess that was the Iran-Contra Affair. This was a lot of fun and at times suspenseful.
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