Becky and I went to see the new movie Public Enemies
on Sunday at the Kerasotes theaters in Castle Rock, CO. The Fandango website at Public Enemies describes the movie as follows:
“No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone—from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (Cotillard) to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger’s gang—later including the sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi)—thrilled many, Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw’s capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI…”
Johnny Depp is an amazing actor. He will probably go down as one of the best actors of all time. The guy is just incredible and once again he pulls off the real-life character of John Dillinger in the movie Public Enemies. Public Enemies takes you into the real world of John Dillinger and gives you a glimpse into the life of the 1930’s bank robber and gangster. The film is pretty rough with some strong language and plenty of violence, but it’s extremely well done.
Becky pointed out that the movie is so good that you actually feel sorry for this hard core criminal by the end of the film. If there is one flaw with this movie, I would have to say that’s it. The film glamorizes this bank robber, as you would expect from the title of the film and previews, but it also allows you to understand why there were guys like him trying to earn their living by robbing banks.
You come to realize that Dillinger was a much different bank robber than other gangsters like Pretty Boy Floyd who was a ruthless character and didn’t care who he killed. He was more like a celebrity with the people for his dirty deeds. You also discover that Hoover was a nut job, but we all kind of knew that from history. Power definitely corrupts and you realize the power of the media in forging public opinion that is still just as powerful today.
The mob was just getting started and getting away with murder and mayhem by keeping a lower profile than the bank robbers. They were much like the giant drug dealers of today who are behind the scenes polluting society for profit.
Public Enemies is a very well done movie, but it’s not a feel good flick by any stretch. You’re not going to leave and say, “Wow, that was great seeing Dillinger get whacked. Let’s see it again.” You should like it though because of it’s historical content and it’s a film with fantastic acting by Christian Bale and Johnny Depp that has a very interesting, but sad story.
In the end, we both liked this movie and thought it was Worth The Trip.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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