Review: Gangster Squad
Gangster SquadGangster Squad isn't anything extraordinary, but there's still lots of fun to be had. The cast is excellent. Sean Penn, one of the best reasons to see this, plays Mickey Cohen, the most feared gangster in Los Angeles. Josh Brolin also nails it as Sgt. John O'Mara, an honest cop who gathers a team to stop Mickey Cohen's crime wave and bring justice. I love Ryan Gosling and I can wait to see him in The Place Beyond the Pines. Gosling plays himself as Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a member of the gangster squad and friend of John O'Mara, having an affair with Cohen's wife, Grace Faraday, played by Emma Stone. It's a shame Emma Stone's character is underused. There's a lot of action and style that will appeal to the guys. Ryan Gosling will attract female audiences, but they may find the gratuitous violence off-putting. This is nowhere near as bad as Rotten Tomatoes says it is. Sure it isn't greater that other superior crime films like L.A. Confidential and The Departed. Gangster Squad is stylish, ultra-violent and very entertaining.