Tuesday, 27 November 2012
TRAILER TRASH TALK: GANGSTER SQUAD
By TIM DAVID HARVEY
Are you one of those movie-fans that get so into watching trailers you forget the film you're actually watching? One of those people that get more excited about trailers then films? Then this new 'Trailer Trash Talk' feature is for you. Let's talk trailers because hey we all wish we where like Cameron Diaz in 'The Holiday' and making them was our job. Following the tragic cinema shootings during 'The Dark Knight Rises' screening this year the movie 'Gangster Squad' out of respect got pushed back and changed a pivotal scene which featured a gunfight in a theatre. Sometimes when films come back after delays and changes things can fall flat but as we see with trailer two the hype and the buzz is still at an exciting, electric high.
Fans of 'L.A. Confidential' and 'The Untouchables' are going to love this fedora and tommy gun, cop versus gangsters affair that meets the two right in the middle. This star-studded, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie and Emma Stone affair looks to have the makings of a modern-day classic. Set in old cinematic, Hollywoodland Los Angeles and shot in high, atmospheric definition. Jay-Z's soulful 'Oh My God' and it's sample breaks once again punctuate this trailer perfectly and profoundly, like the gun throw and catches that sound like a barrel reloading, making it one of the best commercial success trailers of the year.
The emotional stakes are raised on this film which can't come out soon enough. January may mark some of the best films of 2013 ('Django Unchained' coming soon). From Sean Penn's menacing, bad-guy one liners, to chief of police Nick Nolte's lost but hopeful quotes. With Brolin's 'leave the badges at home' authority and Gosling's torn between 'good cop, bad cop' (bible salesman my arse) and Emma Stone's femme fatale attitude look truly captivating. "Want to take me away from all of this, make an honest woman out of me" Stone says as Gosling replies in perfect, Brando esque mannerisms "no mam, I was just hoping to take you to bed". We haven't even talked about the great supporting cast of Patrick, Mackie, Pena and Ribisi. Even the Chinatown, cinema replacing pivotal scene looks so much more of a clinching climax. From the formidable fashions, to the awesome action and the sensational setting to the classic, traditional, 'cops and robbers' theme this looks to be inspired and incredible. Smoking hot like old cigarettes and smarter then long coats over suits this could even touch 'The Untouchables'. The G-Men are locked and loaded. TIM DAVID HARVEY.