don't bother. I saw it twice in theaters since I really wanted to like it. It's a mess, and the redux didn't fix much.
Is this the biggest gap from when a major film's trailer was released to the film being released in theaters ever?
Heh, this looks ... different. :lolHey Expendable, did you consider 'God Bless America'? After seeing the trailer on /film earlier today it looks like a great way to blow off some steam, not necessarily a masterpiece but something dark and fun for sure. A movie about going around shooting tossers can't be that bad.
Hey Expendable, did you consider 'God Bless America'? After seeing the trailer on /film earlier today it looks like a great way to blow off some steam, not necessarily a masterpiece but something dark and fun for sure. A movie about going around shooting tossers can't be that bad.
Ok, so Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" will be getting a best picture Oscar nomination. The footage screened at #CinemaCon could claim one for short!
Most impressive footage - Ang Lee's Life of Pi. Looks magical, wonderful. From what we saw... this is going to be a strong Oscar contender. I just said to @akstanwyck after coming out of Life of Pi footage: "the Oscar race has begun." Her reply "yes it has." Looks wonderful.
They also premiered footage from the fantastic looking Ang Lee Christmas movie LIFE OF PI. 3d looked great. Looks like this years HUGO. Also LIFE OF PI is an absolute Oscar contender for Best Picture. Looked incredible, magical, and everything you want in a movie.
Footage from Ang Lee's Life of Pi screened at CinemaCon: full of cinematic magic, wonder. Underwater 3d stuff looks amazing. I know it's too early and stupid to make such claims but I'd be amazed if Life of Pi isn't nominated for Best Picture.
Wow. Tons of Life of Pi footage just showed. The co-star is a giant cat! Underwater 3D stuff is wow. I teared up a little at the trailer.
Mark my word, based on the footage shown at #cinemacon Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI is going to be a MAJOR player at this year's Oscars.
LIFE OF PI footage absolutely wrecked me. I cried. Choking up thinking about it. This doesn't happen to me. The master at work. #cinemacon
Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI looks so special, wonderful to hear him speak about it, can't wait to see him bring that book to life #CinemaCon
"Just left an advanced screening of Gangster Squad! Another badass movie starring the City of Angels!Ryan Gosling & a machine gun!YES!"
"Omg! Gangster Squad is one of the best movies I've ever seen! Holy crap! Amazing acting. Robert Patrick kicked ass!!!!"
"Just saw Gangster Squad & all I'm allowed to say is it was awesome! (@ Mann Glendale Marketplace 4 Theatres)"
"just got home from watching a screening of the gangster squad. it was pretty great."
"Wow film aesthetics class made me look for all the elements of film for the private screening today. Gangster Squad is gonna be a great film"
I was honestly underwhelmed by the film.
In short, it's a very, very stylized film and its aesthetics reminded me of Sin City and Watchmen. The film uses a lot of slow motion, a lot of which takes away from the film, in my opinion. It's very action-packed and the first half hour is excessive violence. In short, it's style over substance, in my opinion.
I was worried that the film would be out of the range of the director based on his previous works, and that belief was reaffirmed in the first act of the film. This isn't a conventional, atmospheric and stylish LA noir. It's only stylish in the sense that there's a lot of slow motion and constant, jarring flashbacks, but it's not what I expected from a drama piece that in the 1940s.
The film is also more comedic than I expected, and the comedic undertones take away from the film itself. The audience was cheering and clapping all the time, and it's the kind of film that is definitely entertaining but nothing special. It's very straightforward, very predictable, and obviously an enjoyable experience, but I really expected something serious like LA Confidential. This isn't that kind of film -- even people around me and with me that enjoyed the film said this was more like Sin City and Watchmen because of it's excessive slow motion.
I don't want to bash the film. This obviously didn't work for me, because I expected something a little more serious, but this was way too stylized and in some ways, a film that didn't take itself seriously.
The characters are also caricatures, really nothing special. Sean Penn, however, was great, and even though he was playing a caricature himself, he was very enjoyable as a mobster. There were several lines that reminded me of the brashness of some great screen gangsters. I love Ryan Gosling - Drive is my kind of film so maybe that's some indication why this was a little excessive for me - but even his character felt like an extension from his previous performance in Drive. Their characters were the only ones that stood out for me. The film revolves around Josh Brolin's character, so he and Sean Penn are the leads. Ryan Gosling is given significant weight too, so he's up there as well. The others are part of Josh Brolin's assembled "Gangster Squad."
The film looked complete for the most part, although there were some CGI things that needed fixing. It's also funny because as a temp track they used music from Inception and The Dark Knight, which obviously will be taken out as the film gets scored, but that was interesting in and of itself.