Capone

Capone

Blu-ray Disc - 2020
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The 47-year old Al Capone, after ten years in prison, starts suffering from dementia and comes to be haunted by his violent past.

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blatherpuss
Sep 05, 2020

There's an episode of the Simpsons where Mr. Burns is trying to find someone who can paint a satisfactory portrait of himself. He ends up hiring Marge to do it, cause she is toted as being able to find her subject's "inner beauty". Unable to do this for Mr. Burns, she instead ends up painting him buck naked, saying that for all his abhorrent, monstrous ways, he's still just a human being, as frail and vulnerable as anyone. To this a patron quips: "He's evil... but he'll die, so I like it!"
This movie is that Mr. Burns painting. A portrait of an abhorrent, monstrous man at the end of his life, reduced to a farting, slurring mess of what he was. There is no real redemption for Capone, just raw humanity and having to watch the horrors of what he did in his life replay in front of him. That's not going to be something most people want to sit through, understandably, but I was with it throughout!
He was evil, but he died, so I liked it!
(Incidentally: director Josh Trank was DEFINITELY making fun of Capone's genitalia.)

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reginator_22
Aug 31, 2020

Tom Hardy was solid, but this film is a big meh.

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cbx4evr
Aug 27, 2020

One star because the role of Capone was well acted. For the most part, boring, stupid and a waste of time.

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Bagman52
Aug 21, 2020

Very poor movie. Can't tell through most of it what is real and what is a hallucination. Since Capone couldn't communicate at that time of his life, the writer could do anything he wanted in the movie. Nowhere near a true story.

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TLPS
Aug 11, 2020

Don't expect a mob melodrama in the spirit of "The Sopranos" or "The Godfather."
This is decidedly not "that."
Instead, director Josh Trank takes a different approach: in its Proustian memory motifs, it's actually a lot closer to the impressionistic films of Italian auteur Paolo ("The Great Beauty") Sorrentino.
I love Tom Hardy, but his performance does take some getting used to, lol.
If you can't get on its wavelength, it might seem like the same scene is repeating ad nauseam. (At least that's what a friend who didn't like it said.)

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Kawcity
Jul 31, 2020

I don’t recall ever wondering how Al Capone fared when he was dying from the effects of neurosyphilis. Never once, I am sure. Now I know, I sorta kinda, but a bigger glaring question has evolved: What exactly was the purpose of this shallow excuse for a movie? Hunh???

I’m not knocking the visual quality and Tom Hardy once again crafts a fine memorable performance. Too bad half of the action is a brain numbing mismash of incoherent hallucinations, phobias and startling regrets in a puzzling style of muck I thought died with Frederico Fellini. (Google the name if you aren’t familiar.)

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blatherpuss
Sep 05, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scary hallucinations/nightmares

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blatherpuss
Sep 05, 2020

Violence: graphic gun violence, animal abuse, stabbing and beating scene that goes on for a while.

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blatherpuss
Sep 05, 2020

Coarse Language: Lotsa swearin'.

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reginator_22
Aug 31, 2020

Violence: Gun violence

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reginator_22
Aug 31, 2020

[as they are out fishing on a boat]
Al Capone: I hid ten million bucks.
Johnny: You did what?
Al Capone: I hid ten million bucks.
Johnny: You hid ten million bucks?
Al Capone: Yeah.
Johnny: Where?
Al Capone: I don’t f****ing know.

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