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Posted on 2/02/13 05:42 AM
A movie can lack a lot of things a movie needs to be good, but it can still be fun. That may sound strange, but for me it describes how I felt about Gangster Squad. Now, I have read a lot of negative reviews for Gangster Squad and I feel like they didn't see the movie. I know they did see the movie, but from what I read, none of them described what I thought I saw. What I saw was a well shot, pulpy, fun gangster movie. I don't think the movie suffered from "excessive violence". In fact, it was pretty tame for a big Hollywood action movie. I enjoyed the performances from Brolin and Gosling (they've certainly done better before though). I thought Sean Penn's role as Mickey Cohen was overacting but in a good way. He just exaggerates so much of his dialogue and acts like a jerk so much to the point that its believable. Before I said this movie was lacking. By lacking I meant, there isn't too much character depth in this film. There are a lot of superb actors in this movie, but they're mostly used incorrectly and thats just disappointing. Gangster Squad is as straight forward as they come. It certainly is style over substance, but I have to say the style was great. Which is good for the plot, but bad for the characters. We know who is good, we know who is bad. Overall- Gangster Squad is just a fun time, despite the many negative responses and being majorly overhyped (in my head, at least). Grade: B-