When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it looked like the greatest thing of all time. I mean……….a gangster movie with Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. Hell yeah! But then I started reading reviews for it (on Rotten Tomatoes……..I really should know better by now). The critics basically said it was cheesy and stupid. So I was worried.
I worried for nothing. I absolutely LOVED this movie. It isn’t perfect by any means, but it is pretty damn good. The music was great, the action was exciting, the costumes were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Pretty much everyone became twice as attractive in those suits, and Emma Stone rocked those dresses like you cannot believe. Sure it has some cheesy moments, but they were those sort of cheesy moments that are super entertaining and the kind where you are rooting for the good guys and sitting on the edge of your seat. The action sequences had the typical shoot em up bang bang of any gangster movie, but there was a bit of added flare and style to them that was very modern and fun.
Now I totally get the whole Ryan Gosling craze (and ladies……….there is plenty to gush over in this movie), but throughout the two hours I found Josh Brolin the most attractive. Probably because he is a bad ass ninja cop who TAKES NAMES through the entire thing. Giovanni Ribisi plays the nerd of the group and as always, he is awesome. Michael Pena is great as well playing an Officer named Navidad (spanish for Christmas). One of the best characters is played by Robert Patrick, who has the best aim with a gun I’ve ever seen in movies. And then there is the other bad ass of the group, played by the knife slinging Anthony Mackie. Do I really need to mention how good Sean Penn is? I think it is a given.
In general, this is a fun and entertaining popcorn flick. Action throughout, a bit of romance (but not overly done), great characters, true story, great acting, etc. I highly recommend it!
WARNING: There is a bit of bloody violence, the most being in the very first scene. You think they won’t show it………..but they do. Eek!