Gangster Squad

Monday, December 05 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Gangster Squad

JOY REVIEW

Gangster Squad was originally supposed to come out in the late summer, but the shootings in Colorado stopped its release.  They should have stopped it permanently.  This is one of those movies that has a great cast and a good story, but an incredibly bad script and a worse director.  The reason it’s getting some traction is because it stars Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen and is set in LA in 1949.  Josh Brolin plays a cop with a pregnant wife and a sense of duty, Ryan Gosling plays a ne’er do well cop with a drinking problem, Nick Nolte plays an LAPD Chief, and Emma Stone plays Grace Faraday, who is Mickey Cohen’s girlfriend.  It also has Anthony Mackie and Giovanni Ribisi in it as part of the squad as well.  Again, it’s a terrific cast and a good story, it’s just so badly written and so badly directed that it doesn’t turn out to be anything good at all.  Two stars.

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