Gangster Squad is not going to be the best movie you see in 2013, it probably won’t even make it in the top 10. But it is a fun, campy cop drama and an overall enjoyable movie experience, if you don’t mind historical fiction.
Very loosely based on a true story, Gangster Squad takes place in
If you are a mob history aficionado, you’ll quickly become aware and annoyed with the historical inaccuracies surrounding Mickey Cohen. And Penn’s depiction of him becomes over the top, bordering on cartoonish at times, almost like a villain you’d see in Dick Tracy or The Mask. However, the individual performances by Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling are endearing, fun and who doesn’t love a handsome man in a zoot suit? When it comes to Emma Stone, I find myself in a bit of a quandary. On one hand, for being such a talented actress she is underwritten and underused throughout the film. However, when I think of a 1940s
Gangster Squad is a fun time at the movies, if you don’t take the movie too seriously and can suspend reality for two hours (frequent scenes have a hail of tommygun bullets directly shot at someone—but they somehow miss their target). Overall it’s worth a discount matinee.
In theatres January 11th
1 hour 50 minutes