I hate gangster movies. Have I said that before? Well, if not, please know that I hate gangster movies. The reasons why are plentiful but mostly revolve around the fact that I grew up around gangsters. Not real gangsters mind you. But, the type. I grew up in a very small, rural, predominately Italian, Catholic town. I was neither.
I am a mix of – let us see….I’m Irish due to migration from England with a good dose of German thrown in there so they say. For this reason Sam believes me to be a true gypsy. I tend to agree, but that is another whole thought process… They also say there is a splash of Native American somewhere. Possibly. Something I found
really cool as a child. But I admit to being basically a mutt. You may think I digress but it is pivotal to my review.
So, gangster movies remind me of every asshole I grew up with. Basically it is that simple. Every jerk off that picked on me, thought they were better, got to eat the little vanilla wafer looking thing on Sunday and be in on the big Secret that I was not. Yup, gangsters.
Gangsters are thugs. They are bullies. And mostly they are not very smart. Evident in the movie there was a point when Sean Penn’s character referred to a fork and the fact that he was happy there was only one because he didn’t have to know which one to use. Now, I am not an overly cultured person – LOL – I depend on Sam to tell me where to put the silver for parties. But, in combination with the rest of the film that comment simply said to me – stupid, bully with a gun. Pleeeaaassseeee someone shoot this fucker
Gangsters don’t care about much of anything but themselves and I am not sure what makes that villain different from villains that I do enjoy watching, like, I dunno, possessive demons or seekers of the One Ring, but gangsters make me angry from the moment I sit down in my seat to the moment that they hopefully, just die. Yet the thing that I hate most about gangster movies is that even if that happens I don't feel better. Because I know deep down there is always another gangster out there. Always.
I suppose most of my reviews have a personal bias. LOL. That is what makes them MY reviews. So, if you aren’t a fan of gangster movies in general, this isn’t a movie like The Departed for instance, that will surprise you and make you forget it is basically a gangster movie. But, this movie is about some guys who are different and do, in their own way, stand up to bullies. And I suppose that what it might be about is what some gangster movies are about. Justice in odd forms. And I admit Ryan Gosling was adorable. And I dug the way Emma Stone (and any other female seen at a glance as it was mostly a male cast) actually looked, you know, like girls. Yum. And an unexpected surprise with Michael Pena. Love him. So, as a gangster movie, not bad. But, still. A gangster movie.
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