shit, man. it's occasionally myopic in its recollection of high school (not inaccurate, just incomplete) but isn't this it? the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. and some of those rules are good, so you're not a mustachioed 23 year old preying on high schoolers; and some of them are bullshit; and some of them you can bend. and some of the rule breakers are really just conforming in a different way. but you'd better come to terms, fast, with the reality that it all comes down to rules. make of them what you will.
its great credit is that it remains gripping throughout its relatively mammoth length (weakening slightly at the central gunfight) by keeping you engaged not just in its heists and shootouts but also in its dialogue heavy scenes. it pulls this off by carefully weaving the same, unsteady power dynamics into those conversations as it does into the games of cat and mouse that it plays at large. this is gamely (not in the pun sense) supplemented by Mann's, and noir's,…