“Gangster Squad” is bad. It’s very bad. It’s even very, very bad. I laughed several times in fact, despite my best efforts not to. I’ll write more later but here’s a start:
I should say something about a spoiler alert — but really, you cannot spoil a movie like this.
Production design good, costumes good (except the hats, which were dreadful, especially Mickey Cohen’s. I mean the guy was a clotheshorse and ran a haberdashery!), the hairstyles were generally pretty good (i.e. appropriately short in the back for most of the men). Score, heavy-handed and obvious. Cinematography first rate and a nice to see Caleb Deschanel in the credits.
Script: A joke.
Direction: Over the top.
Sean Penn: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over the top.
Historical accuracy: Jack Dragna dies in a mob hit? WTF?
Locations: Clifton’s, City Hall, exterior of the Biltmore, various downtown bridges, LAPD museum, Chinatown, Union Station.