The Rotten Tomatoes rating for War Dogs currently sits at 59%, which is just under the threshold for “Fresh.” That percentage is likely a lot higher than the percentage of people raising social media eyebrows in reaction to Jonah Hill’s Golden Globe nomination, who have actually seen the film.
One person who has seen the comedy-drama is LAFCA member Glenn Whipp. In a brief latimes.com reaction blurb titled “In Defense of Jonah Hill,” he reminds how much Tom Hanks liked the Hill performance in War Dogs and adds his vote:
Hill is an absolute force of nature in the film, playing a repellent arms dealer defined by self-hatred and a wheezing cackle of a laugh. It’s one of the year’s best turns.
The basis for War Dogs is a 2011 Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. For film awards pundits, part of the surprise with regards to Hill scoring a Comedy or Musical Best Actor nod today is that he edged out someone who campaigned hard this fall: Warren Beatty.
An immediate East Coast beneficiary of all this is fashion label Opening Ceremony, whose unusual batch of 2016 Christmas gift items includes Lunch With Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill. Proceeds go to New York non-profit 826NYC; the minimum email bid amount is $5,500.
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Hot take — Jonah Hill was great in WAR DOGS. Deserves that nom.
— Evan Dickson (@EvanDickson) December 12, 2016
What umm… who does… What dirt does Jonah Hill have on the Golden Globes? @goldenglobes, you don’t HAVE to live under his blackmail.
— David S. (@AE_DavidS) December 12, 2016
Colin Farrell for the Lobster and Jonah Hill for War Dogs IN THE SAME CATEGORY might make my “top 10 most baffling things” for 2016.
— Meaghan Avocato (@Meagharina) December 12, 2016
Is it wrong to feel a Jonah Hill nom for WAR DOGS is wackier than Ryan Reynolds for DEADPOOL?
— Kendra (@halifaxfilmgal) December 12, 2016
Have we all LOLed appropriately at that Jonah Hill nod yet?
— kateyrich (@kateyrich) December 12, 2016
Image courtesy: Warner Bros.