Written January 23, 2017
Gangster squad is moderately entertaining. It is bullet ridden and angry and filled with tough talk. There really isn't much to it other than watching the beautiful Emma Stone bantering with Ryan Gosling which comprises the best parts the movie. In between these scenes there is nothing but tough sounding banter between Sean Penn and the Cops and guns firing with infinite bullets.
Written February 11, 2016
Not a deep drama by any means; plot is thin and predictable. But a great action picture, just go along for the ride and be entertained, don't over think it.
Love the texture of the period for LA portrayed - clothing, architecture, the cars, etc.
Written May 01, 2016
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 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 September 25, 2016
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.