Gangster Squad is dark, crazy violent, occasionally hilarious, and very good. Surprisingly so, on all fronts…it’s probably helpful to know going in that it’s directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer (i didn’t.) This isn’t quite as good as Zombieland (that Bill Murray extended cameo is a really unfair advantage), but if you had any love for that film’s tounge-in-cheek brutality, or Team Bondi’s ingenious L.A. Noir, i suspect you’ll find a lot to like here. And if you didn’t, well Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both pretty, and fun to look at.
Als0 suspect you’ll be seeing political pressure brought to bear to tone down films like this, sooner than later. If you like your entertainment on the anarchic side, suggest you might want to consider supporting the worthy releases over the next couple months, to reassure the studios that there is a demand, and that the overwhelming majority can process this kind of content, without any desire to emulate/replicate irl.
On a lighter note, kind of amazing that January is traditionally considered a toxic dumping ground for film, yet there are so many promising ones this year: loved last week’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, really liked Gangster Squad, and still have stuff like MaMa and Parker (which i’m fucking dying to see) to come.