Itís no secret I have been looking forward to Gangster Squad for some time. It boasts a fantastic cast, with one of my favorite actors (Gosling) and actresses (Stone), while Iím a huge sucker for period gangster-noir films. L.A. Confidential and Chinatown are two of my all-time faves, and I was hoping Gangster Squad could be this decadeís updated version. But when the reviews began trickling in, they were less than kind, to say the least, and frankly I donít quite understand why all the hate.
Yes, itís derivate of several much greater films and unoriginal, but the same can be said for a good chunk of what Hollywood churns out these days. Plus, donít forget back in the 30s there was a new gangster flick released literally every week, so originality isnít exactly this...[read more]