Three notorious American Gangsters; John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd are involved in the booming crime wave in the 1930s, but the Feds are doing everything to take them down!
The first thing you think before seeing this movie is . . . Johnny Depp . . . Christian Bale . . . Marion Cotillard. It really should be fantastic. I said should be, as I did not find it fantastic it was ok but not the best recent film I have seen. Johnny Depp as always put in a great performance, he really can be any type of character. Christian Bale was not in it enough to make a bigger impact (in my opinion) he did not really seem to have many lines and more just been on the screen. Marion Cotillard I thought was great, she was so believable and just seemed to real.
With it being in the early 1930’s in Chicago while the great depression was 4 years in (yes, I read the words at the start and actually remembered that fact). I could not help my “Chicago” the musical geekyness to stay hidden as every mention of Cook County Jail and J. Edgar Hoover . . . yes I do know “Chicago” way too much. But those little things made me smile.
I do love that time period of the late 1920’s then early 1930’s I just love the whole style and way the people used to act (or the way we think people used to act). I found this movie very strange in parts, in the way that it seemed to have some plot holes as I thought I was paying full attention. But I guess for a few seconds I got confused as I thought two different characters were the same one (that does sound bad, but they had the same hair style).
I have been trying to think of different movies to compare this too. I think in more recent cinema “American Gangster” comes to mind. With the cop/criminal chase going on. But I guess it is a different time period. I cannot really explain what was missing from this movie. But I definatly thought something was missing.