January 12, 2013
A Bit Cartoonish Of Gangster Movies Made Long Ago But Worth Seeing.
On screen talent (aka actors or talking mannequins...) tend to overdo it now and again. I'd say that's true in the extreme of Penn's performance here. Goslin and Brolin, along with a few other familiar faces bring credibility and color to an otherwise dull screenplay, whose plot that has been done so many times it's a cliché. Still, Emma Stone definitely steals the show here, despite Penn's hamming it up. All in all it's not a bad film. And as for all those who cry foul at the violence, apparently they've not seen Django or about a dozen other ghoulishly violent films exhibited commercially this year alone. It?s becoming alarmingly common place. But if you don't like it, the sure fire way to press your opinion is by voting with your pocketbooks. For all others, taken in the spirit it was made, I?d say it's worth the ticket price just as an adult diversion alone. This is a film to bring you back to reality from that holiday fantasy hangover too. See it. You won't be disappointed.
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