After serving a decade in prison, infamous gangster Al Capone suffers from dementia and is haunted by the sins of his past.
Director Josh Trank tries his best to redeem himself after the awful mess that was “Fan4stic.” If only he stuck harder on the landing.
I like Tom Hardy and he has done really good work in the past. But this recent entry in his filmography didn’t pan out to the fullest. Giving a very growly performance that can at times be tough to hear clearly. The make-up on his face appeared wonky like it didn’t look natural. There was one comical noteworthy scene of him firing away with a gold Tommy gun, with a carrot in his mouth and wearing a diaper, that was full.
The rest of the cast do fine. I would say the best performances came from Linda Cardellini and Matt Dillon.
The entire direction was weird and out-of-place for this movie. It dived into psychological and trippy routes. It was interesting to see what Capone was witnessing while having his illness, but this seemed to distract one from actually learning about him fully.
For one, the entire film was set during the final year of Capone’s life. While it was called “Capone.” I feel one would get confused and expect the movie to go through the entire life of the gangster. Instead, it felt more like an extended version of the last act of an autobiography. The hallucinations depicted were trying to tell something deep, but the movie does little to explain what they all mean by the end.
Going back to the psychological aspects, these genre switcharoos also created tonal discrepancies. At some points during the dream/trippy sequences, the movie dived into some horror. Dillon was at the forefront of these scenes. He got stabbed in the throat multiple times with blood shooting out and he carved out his own eyes to scare Capone. This and the times where Capone crapped himself in his diaper, created separate tones that didn’t mesh together well.
Pacing, along with some frantic editing, made it hard to connect with any of the characters. Many scenes would go by rather quick or some would go slow.
The opening credits I will say I liked. It showed statues of famous figures of ancient literature. I believed this was to demonstrate that Capone’s downfall resembled a tragedy. A greek tragedy of a once-famous icon that met their untimely demise.
Music was done by rapper, El-P. Whom I do like some of his work. There was maybe one track I liked, but beyond that, it was mainly forgettable; with its somber, foreboding, and ambient sound. I mean I guessed it fit the weirdness of the movie.
Josh Trank I feel is one of those directors that has potential. I mean I liked “Chronicle,” I hated “Fan4stic,” and this return was not a firm one at all. There were a couple good performances and I suppose the dream sequences do lend to the imagination of what Capone’s life was like to an extent. There were some comical moments delivered by Hardy, but his Capone performance wasn’t anything fresh and it came off as tiresome in the gangster genre in general. The whole project had intrigue, but it was a weird and disorganized disappointment on many fronts.
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