Originally Posted by oink
NF sent me the BD today.
Really enjoyed this flight-of-fantasy gangster film.
Although it states to be "based on a true story," it veers off the known history of Mickey Cohen in the 2nd half.
It is the only film I know of or at least in recent memory that focuses on MC.
Fine performances by an excellent cast.
Sean Penn is a very menacing Cohen, but everyone here does a great job.
I am not sure why there is hate
directed at this one....nor I am sure why it didn't do bigger business.
IMO, it deserved to.
Perhaps people are tired of gangster flicks.....I dunno.
At times the look of this movie was a little too slick.
The costumes, cars, and the sets looked like they had been made the day of the shooting.
Everything is clean and perfect....too much so, perhaps.
Anyway, it is a kind of a niggling point.
FWIW, the video of the BD is superb in every way.
Finally saw Gangster Squad
recently when it showed up on HBO. Despite HBO's egregious practice of cropping 2.35:1 film to 16:9 and the lack of HD audio, the film both looked and sounded great. Its production values and the talent of its large cast were top of the line. Unfortunately, though, both the direction and writing were awful. I was left with the impression that neither the director nor writer knew what they wanted the film to be when it grew up. If they were aiming for something like LA Confidential
, the writing wasn't smart enough and the direction far too ham handed. If it was after a Sin City
vibe, it failed there too because it was utterly without humor. Finally, watching it made me think of Scarface
but it lacked Brian De Palma's ability to simultaneously send up and pay homage to other genre films. In short, a good idea and great cast that could have turned out to be a great film produced one that was merely mediocre.
All of the foregoing said, I was well entertained by Gangster Squad
. Although dumb beyond belief its wall to wall great performances and great action scenes, not to mention lots of pretty girls, made for a rather entertaining couple of hours. Because I was in a good mood, I rated it at 7 Stars out of 10. Like oink, if I had seen it in the theater or rented the BD, I wouldn't have felt cheated.