Wow, that was a disastrous (for lack of a more atrocious adjective) film noir attempt. Did Fleischer really think that a golden cast would save him from this mess? I bet he did. Because otherwise he would have had the whole screenplay rewritten, and he would've rethought his game strategies.
I don't like to talk shit about movies. I think it's a waste of time and a distraction whenever I want to talk about movies. But this is a special case. FUCK THIS MOVIE. Was this a joke? Like a satire or something? How could a script so bland, filled with retarded dialogue and cookie-cutter scenes and characters could get, not only green light, but such a great casting? I won't do this ever again. Maybe.
dear mubi: i promise i'll start watching good movies again soon. it's been a long semester, i'm home for the holidays and my parents have super fancy premium cable. when i think of all the decent things i could have been watching (or doing) while suffering through this, i'm a little ashamed of myself.
Better than its reputation but still an archaic, revisionist take on somewhat recent history. Brolin and Penn make this a pleasure to take in even making up for a miscast and disinterested Gosling and Stone. Well shot by Dion Beebe that almost compensates for the lazy direction by Fleischer. Standout performance by Brolin that delivers on the machismo action hero and the man underneath with able support from Enos.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Gangster Squad falls somewhere between Mulholland Falls and LA Confidential, but a little closer to the former. Think L.A. Noir: The Movie. This could've been a lot better but I was expecting much, much worse. Speaking of worse, Sean Penn was pretty bad and that Matrix bullet-time shootout in the hotel lobby was an abomination. This movie was way more slick than it needed to be.