One of the fall’s most anticipated releases, “Gangster Squad,” packs an all-star cast, old-school vibe and a bunch of Tommy guns. Needless to say, we’re interested.
The film from “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer just got its first trailer, so we’ve broken it down for you into these five keys scenes.
“Every kingdom comes up bloody”
A centerpiece of the trailer, it’s hard to miss Sean Penn even under all of that makeup. In “Gangster Squad,” Penn plays Mickey Cohen, an east coast gangster who has come to Los Angeles to become “a god.” Cohen is the ultimate evil that the Gangster Squad is going to stop at nothing to put out for good. The trailer gives lots of screen time to Penn, and when you also consider the prosthetics on his face, it’s not hard to imagine that Warner Bros. would make a Best Supporting Actor push for him come Oscar season.
Mackie, Gosling and Peña Take Aim
Cohen is not going to have an easy time taking over L.A. with a team like this after him. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert “T-1000″ Patrick make up not only the illustrious Gangster Squad, but a star-studded roster that rivals any major release this year. Between this and “Men In Black III,” Brolin is set to have his biggest year since 2007, when he stormed back into the spotlight and starred in every other movie.
Crazy, Gangster, Love
Gosling and Emma Stone created sparks when they starred as an on-screen couple in last year’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” and here they reunited to keep the passion going, albeit 60 years earlier. Stone plays Grace Faraday, the untouchable girl belonging to Mickey Cohen. Untouchable until Gosling shows up, that is. They only have a few moments together in the trailer, but honestly, they were pretty hot.
Let’s All Go to the Movies
It’s already immensely clear from the trailer that “Gangster Squad” is a movie that loves movies. This is a L.A. film noir in the tradition of Hammett, Chandler and movies with Humphrey Bogart. All of the tropes are there: the Tommy guns, the fedoras. But at the same time, “Gangster Squad” wants to take a new angle on the genre, and we may be seeing some symbolism for that, when the firing squad opens up on a movie theater through the screen.
The Bottom Line
Listen: If your trailer includes a shot of Ryan Gosling casually catching a shotgun and then pointing said shotgun at a bad guy, while uttering the line, “Not anymore,” we’re going to see your movie. End of story.
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