Written December 27, 2014
Vigilante brigade strives to rid Los Angles of its Jewish mobster, “Mickey Cohen”; a plastic caricature by Sean Penn. It is 1949 and a corps of terrific actors comprise the “squad”; they had to have had a riotous time making this “B” movie about lawless LA and cops gone rogue, cauterizing Cohen’s notorious cabal of amoral thugs. If you are in the mood for a “shoot ‘em up”, good versus evil scenario “Gangster Squad” satisfies the craving. This is the time of year when we are smothered with insufferable fluff; mindless violence (concur with filmmaker Charles Evered about the unnecessary, ubiquitous, “mushrooming of mayhem”) vampire mania, a plethora of exorcist candidates, taunting, crippling comprehension; escapism at the remedial level...
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
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Written September 30, 2014
What moved me to see this Gangster Squad is that it was based on a true story. And that it was about the Good Guys going after the Bad Guys.
It was violent, more violence than I am comfortable with, but the actors and leading actress were outstanding. Great scenes, brilliant, excellent movie.
Written December 20, 2014
This movie was very well done. The integrity of the time period was kept very well, the plot was developed, the characters were interesting, and the storyline moved along well. We loved it.
Written December 25, 2014
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 October 31, 2014
It's basically a shoot-em-up, actiony mafia movie. It's done well, and the acting is exceptional.
It seems the greatest flaw is that they tried to make it REALLY AWESOME (an effort that was not subtle,) and therefore makes us aware of the fact that the movie is NOT Really Awesome while we're watching it.
But it WAS Really Good. It's got its obvious flaws, and a few cheesy parts that take you out of the movie a little. But it's a good story and has mostly likable characters. Seann Penn did awesomely at being the sadistic, power-hungry boss. A must-see for the villain lovers out there. :]