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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Public Enemies

(Guest Review by Annette)

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A true story about Depression-era American gangsters John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham), and Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum), fighting to continue their shenanigans while on the run from the FBI's top agent, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale).

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Tatum Channing, Stephen Graham, Leelee Sobieski, Stephen Dorff, Giovanni Ribisi, Diana Krall, John Ortiz, Shawn Hatosy, Lili Taylor, David Wenham, Emilie de Ravin

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. If you like drawn-out submachine gun shootouts and/or gazing adoringly at Johnny Depp, then this is your movie.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Depp delivers a few deadpan lines that elicit a chuckle. Beyond that, you may as well tickle yourself.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Mostly when you think about how it wasted your time and the talent of Johnny Depp.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: If IHOP offered an award for the flattest characters, this movie would win the Golden Pancake Award.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Johnny Depp’s performance is understated and he makes his bank-robbing character likable. Marion Cotillard does a good job as a sassy, independent woman who falls for Depp. Christian Bale stares stone-faced into the camera for extended periods of time, trying to look intense—that’s about it. The rest of the cast is forgettable.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Michael Mann spends too much time dragging out too many shootout scenes. Before long, they feel repetitive with only a change of scenery to differentiate. Many of his interior scenes are under lit. And the foot chase scenes are shot with a jumpy handheld, so bring your Dramamine.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The script is weak. Far more sizzle than steak. There is no arc. No back-story. One dimensional/underdeveloped characters. No obvious character motivation. No emotional pull. Overall, apathy reigns. The final scene is trite with painfully clichéd dialogue. Depp is a great actor, but he’d also be a great magician if he could turn this turd of a script into box office gold.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Reel Whore said...

There were a lot of characters that never get any explanation. We found ourselves wondering who some were and why were they hanging around Dillinger. To be as long as it was, we should have walked away with a better grasp of the story.

Farzan said...

interesting review, I thought it was really good, but could have been better. I gave it a B- in my review, but I think the biggest problem with the film was the lack of character development. I cant wait for its Blu Ray release and hope its going to be kind of like American Gangster where we got both the theatrical release and an extended version.

Joy said...

Aw, it's a shame you didn't care for it. I am a big fan of...well, the entire cast, so I will probably end up going to see it anyway.