Movie Review: ‘Gangster Squad’

It’s Los Angeles. 1949. The city of angels is overrun by a ruthless mob king by the name of Mickey Cohen. A secret group of police officers are recruited, assigned with the task of taking him down. Enter – the Gangster Squad.

So yeah, I saw ‘Gangster Squad’ this past weekend. A movie which had been listed as an honorable mention in my list of movie to see for 2013, but it was a movie that I knew I would enjoy. I love period pieces, especially ones that take place from about 1880 to 1955.

There was nothing really wrong with the film and I might even purchase it on dvd, but there wasn’t anything remarkable about it. It was fairly predictable and I found myself knowing which of the characters would meet their demise before we were even 40 minutes into the film.

Gangster Squad

I think that Emma Stone is a wonderful actress, but her role as Grace Faraday could have been played by pretty much anyone else with the same results. I felt the same way about Ryan Gosling as Sgt. Jerry Wooters. Great eye candy and he looked damn good in a suit, but easily replaceable. Personally, I believe that Josh Brolin was one of the standout characters in the film in his role as Sgt. John O’Mara in that he really seemed to fit the era in his look and mannerisms. Also Giovanni Ribisi (Officer Conway Keeler) was pretty fantastic, though I was pretty sure he was a serial killer. My only complaint about the actors is that I wish Sullivan Stapleton (Jack Whalen) had been in more scenes – I like him and I think we’ll see great things from him in the future. But all in all, the actors meshed well together.

What really attracted my attention the most during the movie was the costumes, the scenery, the accents and mannerisms of the characters. It was a beautiful film to watch and I believe that is what really kept me watching the movie. I would see this film again in a heartbeat just to drool over the hairstyles of the women alone. Would I suggest this movie to everyone? No. If you’re looking for an authentic, hardcore gangster film, you might want to pass on this one. But if you’re not a fan of the typical gritty film, you might find yourself enjoying this one.


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