Summer Sidekick Reviews “Gangster Squad”

*Editor’s note:  Today’s installment of Reggie Tales is brought to you by first time blogger, Summer Sidekick.  The Tales Home Office appreciates his effort.  Future guest bloggers are being considered and some have been contacted.  Enjoy.

Well, a special thanks to the “Tales” allowing a first ever guest blogger.  Monday night I decided to go check out “Gangster Squad” starring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.  The movie theater was quiet because of the snow storm.  I was fairly certain I was going to have the place to myself, when three minutes before the movie started, I swear it was either Santa or his doppelganger sitting directly across the aisle from me.  After looking around to see if this was a gag, I said “whatever” and settled into my spot with a half Diet Coke, half Cherry Coke and Peanut M&Ms.  Anyways, on to the movie.

This movie was to be released this past summer, but due to the Denver movie theater shootings, it was pushed back until this winter.  The basis of the movie is Mickey Cohen is a Jewish gangster that muscled his way to the top of Italian organized crime in Los Angeles.  The LAPD is a very corrupt unit during this period and the Chief puts together a group of misfit honest cops who are looking to bring justice to LA and make a difference for their families’ future.

Knowing this, I thought it sounded like it might be a cool movie with some actors I respect/enjoy watching.  To say I was disappointed would not be blog worthy.  I was downright mad at losing two hours of my life that I can not get back.  I have watched hundreds and hundreds of movies in my time, many of which would be classified as “B” movies, cult classics, and others that are just not that good but this ranks in my top 7 worst.

I don’t want to ruin this movie for everybody as some people might actually like it or want to see it still, but I have a few brief things I’d like to touch on.

*Ryan Gosling- Plays a womanizing war vet but the whole movie it sounds like he has the voice of a six year old girl.  It was really annoying and I couldn’t take him seriously.

*Josh Brolin- Was OK. That’s it.

*Sean Penn- To much makeup on, character looked and acted like a character out of Dick Tracy starring Warren Beatty.

*Emma Stone- Where do I start with this girl?  In my humble opinion she brings nothing to any movie she is in.  I don’t get her movie cred, just flat lines any scene in the movie. I know people really liked her in “The Help”  and “Easy A,” but I’m sure all “Tales” readers have that one actor/actress they just don’t like and she’s mine.

I wanted this movie to be better because it is a period in LA history which I find interesting. I really enjoyed “LA Confidential,”  “Black Dhalia,” and “Changling.”  All those movies are in the same time genre and I just thought it was too cartoonish.

Well, thanks again “Tales” readers for reading my movie review, and Reg, keep up the good work.


Movie: .25 star out of 5 stars
Pop and Peanut M&Ms 5 out of 5

6 thoughts on “Summer Sidekick Reviews “Gangster Squad”

  1. Having SSK as a guest blogger was like the Rock coming out of retirement and winning the WWE championship!

  2. We will agree to disagree on Emma Stone SSK. Whatever. I have to get back to my W-2’s. Papers everywhere.

  3. I actually really enjoyed this movie. I went in to the theater just hoping to see a good movie. I wasn’t expecting actors to give the performance of their career or for a Scorsese level gangster film. I just hoped for an enjoyable movie and that’s exactly what I got.

  4. Long time reader first time commentor. When I found out SSK was doing a guest blog I spit out my coffee and I wasn’t even drinking any. For a first time blogger all I can say is it can only get better from here. San Dimas High School Football rules!

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