Today I present for your consideration Gangster Squad (2013, Rated R, Available on DVD).
It's 1949 in Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is above the law. Police Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) puts Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) in charge of a secret police squad designed to bring down Cohen. O'Mara, a veteran of World War II, is joined by four other cops, and also tries to enlist another officer and veteran, Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), to help with the cause. At first, Wooters declines. But when violence hits too close to home, Wooters decides to become a member of the squad.
For about the first 10 to 15 minutes of this movie, I wondered, What going on here? And I thought, Euuuwwww, yucky and weird. But then everything changed. The movie became interesting. I felt caught up in the plot, and most of the acting is great. I wasn't too impressed with Sean Penn. He was over the top ridiculous -- even cartoonish. But I love Josh Brolin, and O'Mara's relationship with his pregnant wife Connie (Mireille Enos) is lovely. Connie doesn't want her husband involved in anything dangerous now that he's home from the war and safe. But she gets on board and proves to be of invaluable assistance.
Then there's Ryan Gosling. Ryan Gosling is reason enough to watch this movie. If you're foolish enough not to think he's a great actor, then I'm sure you'll enjoy looking at him. He's Ryan Gosling.
|Ryan Gosling: You're not Johnny Depp,|
but I love you.
Although Gangster Squad is filmed in color, it's kind of film noir-ish. I like the style. Fast-acting tough cops versus a nasty gangster makes for lots of action and excitement. Unlike film noir of the '30s and '40s, however, you'll see more graphic violence and lots of blood. The characters are stereotypes, but they're interesting stereotypes.
This movie is definitely not for children. You might watch with teens about age 15 and older.
Gangster Squad earns The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval.
Dee, I don't think you'd like this movie. Rita, I think you'd enjoy it.
Happy viewing to all of you!
Infinities of love,
A blog can't have too many photos of Ryan Gosling.