When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.
Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Lawless, oh Lawless
You may not be so flawless
But I'll be damned if you left me thoughtless
I thought you'd be fun like a party
I got a surprise especially from Hardy
Even Shia pulls his weight, he's not so annoying
Not for a second did he stop me from enjoying
Let's not forget Mia and Gary and Noah oh my
And even Jessica, who still brings a glimmer to my eye
Then of course there's Guy; he stole the show
He is the man, such a fucking pro
John Hillcoat oh Hillcoat, you genius you
The Proposition, The Road, and now this too
I loved it all so i'm curious what's next
When will you give me another…
Things I’m thankful for:
• Tom Hardy's mouth
• Gary Oldman's crazy killer man face
• Jessica Chastain's class
• Mia Wasikowska's smile
• Shia LeBoeuf's tearful eyes
• Tom Hardy's face
• Tom Hardy's bad assery
• Guy Pierce's natural penchant for snobbery
• Tom Hardy's silly hat
Now that I have the bullshit off of my chest, on to a real review…
Lawless is an entertaining film that falls just short of greatness because of uninspired writing and some stupid gimmicks/cheap tricks to get a response out of the audience. However, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I'd say it's definitely worth a watch.
The story is too small and straightforward to be anything but predictable. It's…
What does moonshine taste like?
There are similarities between director, John Hillcoat’s, latest film and his Australian set western, The Proposition. Both feature outlaw siblings with mythic reputations, both have outsiders sent in to clean up the mess and both are set during an era of transition. Yet this time Hillcoat has abandoned the dusty bloodsoaked reds of the Australian outback for the earthy greens and browns of Depression-era Virginia. Despite being based on a true story (no doubt embellished over time like all the best tales) it has a pulpy quality to it like a cheap paperback you’d find hidden away in a charity shop. That may sound like a criticism but I rather enjoyed the film’s down and dirty tone in favour of…
Lawless is a good not great film about bootlegging set in depression era Franklin County, Virginia. It had the potential to be a lot better than it was.
Tom Hardy continues his run as one of the best actors working today. The issue for me was I wanted more of his character, but instead a lot of time was used up by Shia LaBeouf. I don't hate LaBeouf or anything, but Hardy definitely needed more screen time and cutting some of LaBeouf's would of been the way to go. Guy Pearce is excellent as well and I've never understood why that guy doesn't work more and get more great roles.
The overall story is interesting but it doesn't really do…
I was actually looking forward to this one as I was rather impressed with Hillcoat's previous film, The Proposition. Lawless, while certainly not bad, ultimately didn't appeal to me as much as I would have liked.
Stories like this have been told many, many times before. Sibling rivalry in a crime family is just not a very original premise. Throw in corrupt cops, a relentless antagonist that represents the law and a good deal of fillers in the cast whose fate was decided the moment they were conceived. It makes for a rather predictable affair, that plays out exactly like you'd expect. I know this is based on real events, but if that's…
What does moonshine taste like?
I see this and wonder about the film that could have been?
Let's talk about Guy Pearce for a moment. He's a gifted actor who lately seems to enjoy going over the top as often as possible. He shows an amusing but somewhat elegant hamminess that reminds me of Gary Oldman's more popular work of the '90s. It's no surprise that in Lawless, his character is a bit odd. He's a nasty psychopath with a sleazy accent and deranged attitudes toward cleanliness, so obviously Pearce devours the role for all it's worth. It adds an extra layer of fun to an already entertaining film.
Lawless is a Prohibition bootleggin' tale supposedly based on true events. It follows the Bondurant brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, and Jason Clarke) as they try to keep…
Well made and engagingly acted period piece, with enough grit, violence and stern facial expressions to qualify as a certified gangster flick. Director John Hillcoat's touch isn't as strong as in some of his past efforts, especially in regards to his entrancing use of environments, but it motors forward with enough purpose and humanity to satisfy. Guy Pearce's villainous performance is perhaps a little over-egged though, it essentially boils down to the thespian delivering a Josef Goebbels caricature. Still, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and even Shia LaBeouf are all excellent. [B]
Nice fucking try! You thought if you put a bunch of my favorite actors on the marquis I wouldn't notice you slipped a little Shia in when I wasn't looking? My mom tried to pull that shit on me by cutting up the mushrooms really small and hiding them under pepperoni on my pizza. If you want to know how that worked out for mommy buy a fucking ouija board. So ask yourself this Lebeouf, if I loved her what the fuck am I gonna do to you if I have to sit through another two hours of your early-onset Parkinson's stu-stu-stuttering fast talk while you wear that same 'I can't believe I'm in movies' expression I want to cut off your face with a rusty tuna can lid?
Fantastic film, interesting direction and Guy Pearce completely stole the show. Hardy and "The Beef" were also both solid - although it feels a bit of a crime to have Gary Oldman touted so proudly on the cover - he's in it for a total of 3 minutes (2 scenes).
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Very fun film. Great screenplay by Nick Cave. The entire cast was stellar (would have liked to see more Gary Oldman though). It's a shame that this was overlooked.