Wednesday 16 January 2013

Review: Gangster Squad (second-pass)

World of Blackout 77-Word Film Review

Gangster Squad Poster

Gangster Squad
Cert: 15 / 113 mins / Dir. Ruben Fleischer

So good, I watched it twice.

Giving Gangster Squad a second-pass, I've figured out what was bugging me about Gosling's performance. He seems to be aiming for a quippy, post-Tarantino delivery, but the script isn't sassy enough to support that.

Everyone else plays their lines straight, and Gosling sticks out like a sore thumb as a result. It's a shame, and stops this really good film from being really great.

Is the trailer representative of the film?

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Will I watch it again?

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?

And because you won't be happy until I've given it a score...

*1 Again, I could have sworn that during the jailbreak sequence, there's a low-level Wilhelm™ inserted..

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