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Friday, July 3, 2009

Public Enemies

"They ain't tough enough, smart enough or fast enough. I can hit any bank I want, any time. They got to be at every bank, all the time."
When I was growing up, I used to watch old westerns with my Grandpa on Saturday afternoons. I was reminded of those westerns, like Bonanza, when I saw Public Enemies tonight. The dramatic gunfights in the middle of the street, the one lone ranger who always seemed to get away with it all and be the envy of all amateur criminals in town.
Public Enemies stars Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard as the 1930s Bonnie and Clyde. Depp plays the renegade crook and murderer during the Depression era who flaunted his crimes and glowing charisma about town until his demise. He loved hard, he played hard, he won hard. He was a loyal friend and lover. He lived for the moment and became a star in his own right. Bale also costars as the infamous police officer hired to hunt and kill the seemingly invincible Dillinger.
Depp is remarkably good in the role and probably one of the most underrated actors right now. He embodies the real life legacy of John Dillinger--from the walk, the southern accent (which both the actor and the Dillinger both share), and really brought out his vulnerabilities.
The movie runs a bit long (I think 2 and a half hours), and drags in somle areas. The beginning took a long while to heat up, so the cutting could have probably began there. But it was entertaining, but quite long. There were more action scenes than dialogue. But since it's coming out smack in the middle of summer blockbuster movies during Fourth of July weekend, the elongated action scenes might be the draw here.
My rating; B+


Clarabela said...

This one is on my list of movies to see this weekend. I am a bit behind. Johnny Depp is such an interesting actor to watch. No matter what type of role he plays. And he is always different.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Clarabela. Regardless of the type of movie, Johnny Depp will always bring his A+ game as an actor. You can't keep your eyes off of him (and this is not because he looks good, which he does, but that's just sprinkles on the cake) because he is a totally riveting performer. I'm always impressed by his acting skills after watching any of his movies.

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