A great cast that never seems to take it to the next level. Lawless is not a bad movie it just lacks any creativity that would make it worthy of remembering 10 minutes after the credits roll. This film has a storyline, but they try to fill the time with scenes and side stories that really didn't need to be placed into the film. The story wasn't really deep at all. It lacked heart, and sometimes, purpose and intellect. The cast was nearly perfect. Everything seemed too good to be true. The cast, the story, everything. But the film, I felt, lacked something. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters, as in they felt too two-dimensional.
Lovely locations, beautiful cinematography and an nice soundtrack so it's that much more a waste. Told from the POV of the weakest cast member Shia Le Beouf, and saddled with a one-note villain Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman was so under utilized in the film. He only has about 3 scenes in the entire movie, no more than 5 minutes and the females are totally wasted esp Chastain. The screen lights up when Tom Hardy is in a scene and shot in just weeks while he was bulked up for Warrior or Bane, he is saddled with disgusting neck muscles, an ugly cardigan sweater, an uglier growth of stubble, and he speaks spends the whole time grunting like a freaking frog. IMO he hasn't developed charisma, presence or intensity of say a Ryan Gosling or Matt damon just yet to be that leading man or carry a big film.
The movie itself is morally ambiguous, you really don't know who to cheer for. it lacks backbone, and while some of the visuals are nice and stick in your mind;The film doesn't follow a set plot structure, and basically is just comprised of a number of surreal set pieces, which follow on from one another. Looking to the plot, it was convincing enough, as were the costumes and settings...beautifully filmed scenery I'll give it that.
All in all, it was not a terrible movie, but it could have been a whole lot better. There didn't seem to be much of a story, just a slick haired Guy Pearce hunting down a few outlaws. But wait, he doesn't kill them. He just keeps coming back to threaten and beat them every now and then.,,whatever YMMV. There's a slew of big releases coming in Dec so there will be some good time ahead. So far Savages is tops for me in 2012.