Written May 27, 2015
Alright, so we've got Ryan Gosling the 'ladykiller', typecast as usual, tangentially related to the story of Mickey, but doesn't actually do much besides sweep Emma Stone off her feet.
You know how in a chick-flick or a "romantic-comedy" how there are moments that make you shift in your seat with uncomfortableness? Moments that are too cheesy for real life, usually, and this movie has PLENTY.
Seriously, someone's last words are a quote that was already said in the movie "Remember, shoot where he's going to be, not where he is." *shoots* *saves josh brolin's life* *dies*.
Also, Ryan Gosling (Jerry)'s best friend gets killed. Literally murdered in front of Emma Stone. She runs up to him later "HE FOUGHT LIKE HELL". And suddenly it's never important again that OH WAIT JERRY'S BEST FRIEND IS DEAD. But he doesn't care because, well, poor acting I guess.
Basic, basic filmmaking with huge names to soften the blow of a poorly directed, basic american "feel good"
Written March 26, 2015
What I expected this film to be and what it is are very different. I was very pleasantly suprised by this film. The great actors in it raise it to a deeper emotional level than most good guy cops against wicked gangster films. Each of the star actors makes specific, distinct character behavioral and emotional choices which increase the intensity of the script which is very simple and basic. We have seen it before in many films but in this one the cast raises it up so it was impossible for me not get deeply emotionally involved in the film and the characters. Most memorable is the horrible violence and reminders of people who have been and still are cut down and give their lives to fight for the right and good. Sean Penn is incredibly, disturbingly intense making his bad guy easy to despise. The vivid colors used and dark noir quality made this an exciting, intense & disturbing experience, which suits the fact that this war reallly did happen!
Written August 28, 2015
Before you go see Gangster Squad, it's highly recommended to Google Mickey Coen so you have an understand his background and career leading up to his move to LA. He worked for Capone before his planting roots in LA. The movie does not really refer to this but you will understand better his wanting to get into sports wagering. Plenty of action to keep you entertained. Good mix of characters and actors.
Written September 04, 2015
Great movie, one of the best "Gangster" movies I have seen in a while compared to other "GanstA" movies. A story that can be foreseen once the movie has started, but more enjoyable then the any movie this year by far.
Written September 30, 2014
Wife and I loved the film. It's a great get out for the night film. Lot's and lot's of action and of course you know which good guy is going to get killed. They paid a lot of attention to period detail in this film. They even made sure the right sounds went with each gun ex(BAR ,Thompson SMG, smeischer smg, shotguns etc.