January 11, 2013
Delicious Film Noir: **** Tracy With A License To Kill
James Brolin is at his best! Prepare yourself for two incredible hours of great acting and fun violence. Yes, it's a comic book, the real Mickey Cohen was nothing like the character Sean Penn portrays in the movie; at 66, Cohen died at home from a heart attack. Yes, Coen was quite a character, he survived several assassination attempts, including a bombing of his home in Brentwood, and a shooting on the Sunset Strip; although the movie suggests he was a psychopath in complete charge of Los Angeles; not so. Gangster Squad is inspired by real events. Yes, there was a real Gangster Squad, but the writer's inspiration runs extremely fast and loose with the facts, most of all, the endless, outrageous high-profile public violence, as depicted in the film, never happened. But forget reality, the movie is a thrill ride of **** Tracy with a license to kill. Emma Stone is tasty eye-candy but underutilized as a story line; she brings little to the story with the exception of looking amazing.
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