Friday, 11 January 2013

Review: Gangster Squad

World of Blackout 77-Word Film Review

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

A brooding score, glistening sets and some slick, stylised camerawork stop Gangster Squad feeling too much like a period piece, although Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone look so out of place in 1949 it's amazing.

But despite featuring some of the most clichéd dialogue I've ever heard, I had enormous fun. Engaging characters and sporadic bursts of gleeful violence compensate for the tropes nicely.
Gangster Squad revels in its body-count.

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 Pretty damned sure I heard one during the jailbreak sequence.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't know if I loved Gangster Squad because of the plot or because of Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin