In a love letter to the buddy cop films of the 60’s, War on Everyone takes the genre to the dark places Rush Hour doesn’t. (New to Netflix which is exciting yo).
Writer/ director John Michael McDonagh (brother of Martin McDonagh of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths) is an Irish movie thoroughbred making this his American film debut. And boy, can you ever sense it. This film spills over with Irish style humour you’ll recognize from your McDonagh brother favourites, which can be jarring in an American accent if I’m being really honest.
Honestly, Michael Peña to everyone else; do you even buddy cop? In another film that turns buddy cop on its nose, End of Watch, this guy shines bright like a diamond. This perfect pair up brings the comedy in this somewhat twisted flick.
Much like it’s buddy cop counter parts, War on Everyone isn’t winning any awards for ‘political correctness,’ but it approaches that style of humour through the right lens (in my humble opinion) and lets you laugh (this is a discussion for another time but I am happy to have it. In a word, my thoughts are that there’s a difference between being in on the joke and the joke relying on an offensive premise). There’s not much more to say than that if you wanted an Irish/ British approach to the buddy cop genre, by which I mean it’s grittier and more taboo, with a shockingly perfect cast, this is it, buddy. It also includes easily my top 5 favourite one liner of all time and it’s killing me not to spoil it.
Great if you liked: End of Watch, In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Layer Cake, Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon