These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…
No Names. No Badges. No Mercy.
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop… except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.
"5 stars?" You probably cry?
"But what about all these terrible reviews I've been reading?, surely you have made some mistake Daryl?"
Well, I haven't.
I had hoped that Gangster Squad would present The Untouchables in the style of Robert Rodriguez. What I just watched was The Untouchables: The Graphic Novel. Violence is turned all the way up, the 1940's-ness is turned up, the style, dialogue, look and feel, are all turned all the way up. And it is brilliant to watch.
Sean Penn out Capone's De Niro. His character is genuinely frightening. He has been given, and delivers some absolutely brilliant bad guy dialogue. Every Yang needs a Yin, and Penn's is Josh Brolan. Is he the new Stallone?…
Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad is a pulpy gangster movie about a secret police unit who attempt to clean up the streets of 1940s Los Angeles as they wage war against mob boss, Mickey Cohen. If the plot sounds vaguely familiar it is because it bears a striking resemblance to The Untouchables, however this newer effort makes Brian De Palma’s film look positively restrained in comparison.
Although this is inspired by a true story the film doesn’t concern itself with facts or delivering an intelligent story with credible characters. Instead this is a glitzy yet superficial action film that wallows in its glamorous Hollywood setting and vulgar use of violence. Whilst it aims for a comic book tone where the heroes…
Los Angeles, 1950s: Mickey Cohen rules the world. Drugs, guns, women—you name it, he's got it. A group of police officers band together to root out the corruption which threatens to take over the city when the void of his jail sentence creates a power vacuum—
Cut! Mickey Cohen doesn't go to jail in this picture. What're you reading there? That's the synopsis for L.A. Confidential! You're reading for the wrong movie!
Oh, wow, sorry about that. Let me try again:
When an unlikely group of violent men join forces for a special job, everything goes smoothly until the cops show up and the boys suspect they've been betrayed. When one of their men gets shot, what was supposed to…
If you ever need to explain what Pulp is, point people towards Gangster Squad. It is a prime example of a blueprint plot, filled with cardboard cut-outs and no real people. If you have seen at least one action film in your life, you'll know who is going to die when, what their last words will be and how the finale will play out. Everything is telegraphed so clearly, it'll make you feel like a psychic.
The first act gave me hope as it seemed to embrace and be fully aware of its hyper stylized silliness. Had it been able to maintain this, I'd probably have liked it a whole lot more, but it unfortunately doesn't. What it does do…
Vibrant, silly, fun, and wonderfully cliche; Gangster Squad is a neo-noir loaded with tommy guns, wisecracks up the yin-yang, and a dame to kill for.
What else could you want? This is badass film-making at its most overblown and messy. I loved it.
HEY! HEY, FLEISCHER! YOU FORGOT THE SUBSTANCE!! Oh, and the character development. I bet you left them on the counter. Maybe you should have turned around and gone back for them before finishing this film.
Seriously though, there's plenty of stuff to like here: the style, violence, and cast are all excellent, but it's all held back by a sub-par plot and weak character development. All of the performances are good, but we don't get to know much about these characters at all so they're just there to fill the space. It's all rather disappointing since I had high hopes for this film.
If you don't need character development, you may enjoy this film more than I did, but the…
Ryan Gosling nailed it! (again): "ya gotta die of something"
and if it's not because of the end of world, it might be because of a movie you're waiting for, or because of someone you love, or because you're a badass and you want to join ̶S̶u̶i̶c̶i̶d̶e̶G̶i̶r̶l̶s̶ SuicideSquad.
Whatever I die for, I'd like to make it sexy and romantic. Otherwise, I want to be immortal. Don't tell me I can't nail both!..
I really didn't think it was terrible. I thought it was a little corny sometimes, but I feel like sometimes it was the point. Also, the cast in this movie is enough reason to see it, even if I feel like they were wasted a bit sometimes. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were my favorite part, because they had the best character arcs (no spoilers), and of course, they are beautiful. I do have a bias, due to Ryan being one of my favorite actors, but I feel they do have the two best scenes in the film, involving a heist and a dinner, respectively.
I would recommend, especially if you are a fan of mafia movies. It's no Godfather,…
goeie misdaadfilm / politiefilm met actie, hard tegen hard tegen de ge-organiseerde mafia
Gangster Squad begins with a promising level of brutality and a slickness to its action but quickly throws that away to show us stupid characters doing stupid things for stupid reasons. There are a few nice things that get set up but are never touched again, and Ryan Gosling's character in particular seems interesting at first but the film just doesn't give a shit about him enough to explore that. I suppose the same could be said about everyone else, but then they would have to be interesting to meet that criteria. Dialogue is hit and miss, with some sweet as fuck hard boiled shit thrown in with absolutely awful lines you can imagine a 14 year old scribbling as…
The real star here is Robert Patrick's mustache, but I'm assuming that's only because there's at least 30 minutes of Michael Peña GOLD sitting on the cutting room floor.
Good movie, Good story, Like the setting it took place. Watched it in the cinema tho don't know if it would impress me as much as it did at home
This gets pretty brutal but it's really cool. Did you guys see the tease for La La Land? Holy shit that's gonna be so amazing.
god i can't wait for la la land to come out so i can forget about this mess
An entertaining, stylish and woefully misguided picture. Gangster Squad suffers from an identity crisis: it can't decide whether it wants to be a self-aware piece of pulpy fun, or a serious, prestigious crime thriller. It alternates between scenes of gleeful ridiculousness (Sean Penn yelling "Here's Santy Claus!" before obliterating Christmas decoration with a tommy gun in slow-motion) to being a thoroughly predictable drama that asks the audience to care about flat characters. I love the visual aesthetic, and the action is fun and competent, but it's a big disappointment considering the caliber of the cast. Sean Penn's self-aware scenery chewing makes it almost worth a recommendation. 4.5/10
The big one. Roughly listed in the order I watched them (based off IMDb dates, diary entries and my own…