Killing Them Softly, Brad Pitt’s latest film, which just debuted at Cannes, has been called a critique of President Obama’s presidency by at least one critic at the esteemed annual film festival. This was due in part to the film’s use of Obama’s 2008 convention acceptance speech in its opening. According to the Huffington Post, Pitt said that the use of Obama’s speech was not done “as a cynical look back at a statement of failure but as a real expression of hope.” Huffington Post reports:
Brad Pitt’s newest film, “Killing Them Softly,” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday to rave reviews and some budding controversy.
One critic called the crime drama “scathingly anti-capitalist entertainment,” while another noted that the film begins with an excerpt from Barack Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech: “What is that American promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect.”
Does that mean “Killing Them Softly” looks upon the last four years of President Obama’s presidency as a failure?
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