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At the movies: Gangster Squad

February 15, 2013

Gangster Squad

Mickey Cohen was involved with organized crime in Chicago and was sent to Los Angeles to keep an eye on Bugsy Siegel.  He did that and more – setting up his own operation and practically running the city.  He had everyone on his payroll and did whatever he pleased since everyone was afraid to cross him.  Growing tired of Cohen’s antics, the Police Chief put together a secret group of officers – a “Gangster Squad” – to operate under the radar and take him down.

When I asked a friend if she was interested in seeing Gangster Squad, she was rather surprised at my suggestion until I said two words: Ryan Gosling.  The movie claims to be based on a true story but I haven’t been able to find anything about this group of policemen, so I’m guessing it’s rather loosely based on an actual event.  I know the movie is about gangsters but it was more violent than I expected it to be – I thought it might have a noir feel to it.  Neither my friend nor I loved the movie (although we did enjoy Gosling!) but we didn’t hate it either.  It was just okay for both of us.  I’d say this is one to rent.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2013 6:41 am

    I read a review that complained about the authenticity, saying Emma Stone’s teeth were too white for the time period! LOL My husband wants to see this one (he’s into violence) but not enough not to wait for it to be on tv or rental.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    February 15, 2013 6:53 am

    There had been talk around the Nawrot house about seeing this, but it got horrid reviews, so Gosling wasn’t enough to tip the scale. (Boy he sure is fun to watch though…). Well, this one did have some potential anyway.

  3. February 15, 2013 8:19 am

    There sure was a lot of hype about this movie so I was surprised when the reviews weren’t that great. I think I’ll skip this one all together.

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    February 15, 2013 9:44 am

    Ever since watching The Untouchables all those years ago, I’ve loved gangster movies. The trailer of this movie was fabulous. But after reading your review, I’ll wait to watch it on DVD.

  5. February 15, 2013 9:56 am

    This one slipped past my radar. I like Gosling though but I cannot stand Emma Stone.

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    February 15, 2013 10:09 am

    Thanks for your honest review. Sounds like a pass for me. I do love her dress.

  7. zibilee permalink
    February 15, 2013 12:12 pm

    I used to love gangster movies, and movies about the Mafia, but I haven’t watched one in a long time. The last time I saw a gangster movie it was the one starring Johnny Depp, and I can bet you know why I saw that one! I might actually like this one, but per your warning, I will wait for video.

  8. February 15, 2013 8:03 pm

    Not really my type of movie, but I’d see it on Netflix, maybe.

  9. Patty permalink
    February 15, 2013 9:35 pm

    If you say rent…I rent!

  10. February 15, 2013 9:50 pm

    The plot sounds pretty intriguing actually – sad that the movie didn’t live up to it.

  11. February 16, 2013 12:07 am

    I’m with your friend- I would go for Ryan Gosling too. The trailer does look a little violent for me though, so I’ll take your advice and watch it at home.

  12. February 16, 2013 8:00 am

    And it shall be a renter!!! I think I’m going to go see Silver Lining Playbook for sure on Monday. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the movies!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    February 16, 2013 8:29 pm

    I haven’t seen too many raving review for this one. Bummer because I like gangster movies.

  14. February 17, 2013 10:44 am

    I’m not sure if I’ll ever watch this one or not. If I do I’ll rent it.

  15. February 17, 2013 11:56 pm

    Good cast and story, however, the movie never really lives up to its full potential. Nice review.

  16. February 18, 2013 12:06 am

    I’m still going to see this, but now I may wait until it’s at the second run theater in town. It’s a lot cheaper that way.

  17. February 18, 2013 1:56 pm

    Scott and I have both been curious about this one but 99% of the movies we watch these days are on the TV rather than big screen. And yes, Ryan Gosling is reason enough!

  18. February 18, 2013 9:20 pm

    So now we know who your celebrity crush is!

  19. February 19, 2013 11:57 pm

    It’s taken me years to realize that I just don’t like ganster movies, no matter who is in the cast. Jason loves them so I’m sure at some point I’ll end up seeing this one. At least I’ll have Ryan 🙂

  20. boardinginmyforties permalink
    March 15, 2013 4:50 pm

    I’ll definitely rent this one. I LOVE Ryan Gosling! 😉

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