Movie Review: Gangster Squad1/18/2013
As I mentioned in a post last week, one of the things I was looking forward to this month was the movie Gangster Squad. It stars Ryan Gosling and some other favorites of mine: Emma Stone and Josh Brolin. I should let it be known that I was excited for this film because I love shoot-em-up action flicks, but I was going to see it simply because the Gos was in it (I do the same thing for Brad Pitt movies--so yes, World War Z is in the queue).
Gangster Squad is about a group of six lawmen who are tasked with using atypical methods to stop the head of L.A. crime (Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen) from turning LaLa land into no man's land.
What you'll love about this movie are the 1940s getups from the cars and clothes to the hair and the slang. I even liked that the Los Angeles background had the iconic Hollywoodland sign indicative of 1949. And for those of us who are fans of Ryan and Emma together, you get some of that too.
Stylish scene shots and angles play really well with the overall gangster theme. It's also fun to imagine these wayward cops getting free reign to do whatever it takes to bring in a mob man.
What you won't love about the film is its inability to truly reach you with any real emotion or even grip you with any real action. Don't get me wrong, there are definitely action scenes, combat and shoot outs, but they don't go over as well as they did in the previews.
Overall, it's a decent movie even though it doesn't fulfill all of its promises. But if you're looking for a true Ryan Gosling fix, then catch him in The Place Beyond The Pines (the movie where he met girlfriend Eva Mendes), which comes out in March.