Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik's 'Killing them Softly' opens this weekend, and it's a film I consider as strained as it is strong -- for every great performance there's a heavy-handed bit of symbolism, and all the subtext is pretty much text. But it -- and a recent Variety article pondering if movies are too long (and, by the way, uh, the answer is "No," thank you very much) -- sent me back to thinking about 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,' Pitt and Dominik's excellent, overlooked previous 2007 release.
Titles mean a lot, and it's easy to understand why Andrew Dominik's genre thriller 'Cogan's Trade' had its name changed to 'Killing Them Softly.' With violence implied from the title, it now sounds more like genre fare than a misspelled sequel to an old Clint Eastwood film. What we didn't know was that star Brad Pitt nearly says the title in the film. And you can see if for yourself in this new clip.
When you've got Brad Pitt as the lead in your movie, it's surprising when you don't sell the movie just on having one of the world's biggest movie stars in your film. So kudos to Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' for not relying on Pitt's star wattage for their first poster. Check it out...
Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' (originally titled 'Cogan's Trade') will be playing the Cannes film festival very shortly, and - as is par for the course with the films in competition - there's now a clip from the film online. It doesn't show star Brad Pitt, what it does show is an epic beatdown.