In some movies, style trumps substance. In this sequel, it downright suffocates it.
Jason Reitman’s coming-of-age script, downright leisurely at times, allows for the unspoken to be as eloquent and affecting as the spoken, and is delivered in a layered narrative that mixes in flashbacks with recollective narration.
Gangster Squad is a high-octane true-crime drama – a Pulp Nonfiction wannabe — that chronicles the activities of the special unit created by the notoriously corrupt LAPD to lead its fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s.
It’s a sequel that is also a prequel. And once again, “MIB” also stands for Merriment Is Bountiful.
This redo recalls The Duke by way of The Dude.
While there are still a few days remaining in the old year, our next-to-last glance of video notices for 2010 is a reminder of a somewhat unusual development.
There’s no getting around the cautionary message for potential viewers of Woody Allen’s latest, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.” You will see a small, bad movie.
by KYW’s Bill Wine – The rescue attempted by this engrossing, spin-combatting probe is the reclaiming of Pat Tillman’s identity and legacy.