Written January 11, 2013
Perhaps it was intended to be a cartooned version of a classic gangster movie but I thought it fell short of what it might have been.
Written October 02, 2014
A promising cast (mightily uplifted by Sean Penn's oscar-worthy performance) and a few moments of enrapturing style can't make up for two, terminal flaws—the most inconsistent A-list script of the past ten years and direction that's competent only when the guns are blazing.
Is it a waste of time? No. But don't expect the gangster/mob film classic the trailer or the movie critic shills promise.
So much potential, so much disappointment.
Written December 21, 2014
After seeing the previews I was very excited when it was released. It met my expectations. I like the time period, the costumes. Loved Emma Stone in the Jessica Rabbit dress. Josh Brolin was the perfect stoic (just as he was in MIB3) and the only person I could think of besides Sean Penn to play psycho gangster would be Joe Pesci (ala Casino) but he's too old. Penn was perfect. A little on the gory side which reminded me of a Lionsgate film. Recommend it.
Written July 29, 2013
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Written September 19, 2014
I still didn't get it. Lots of recalling of famous movies, but characters with little or no depth. Dialogue ridiculous at time? (Emma Stone at the bar with Ryan Gosling one, for example, Really??)