Directed By: John Hillcoat
Written By: Nick Cave (screenplay) and Matt Bondurant (novel)
Starring: Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce
If you make inebriating substances illegal, people will die.
This film comes at time where the public seems to be interested in the bootlegging of 1920s USA. Is there some kind of comparison that can be made between the organized crime of that time and the modern day drug cartels? Just make it all legal or tax the hell out of it and people will sort themselves out. Good solution? I have no idea, but it seems to work with the devil’s brew.
What this film does differently is cover the life of bootleggers not in the big city but rather in the depths of the country. This gives the film an interesting angle on the roaring ‘20s and different than the one we’re used to (think Boardwalk Empire).
What surprised me most about this film was that I didn’t hate Shia LaBeouf or Shia The Beef, as I like to call him. He was okay and that is good enough for me. He couldn’t touch Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain or Guy Pearce who we all amazing.
I give John Hillcoat a nod because I think he’s a great director. I don’t think Lawless is nearly as good as his film The Proposition, but I could see why he’s going in this direction and I like him and Nick Cave working together. They will do some damage in the future.
I’ve managed to say absolutely nothing. Enjoy!
Problem: The Beef was in a few too many scenes
Mood for watching: Drunk
What to eat and drink: Kale and Moonshine
If I made it: More Gary Oldman and cowbell
Why watch: Because liquor is quicker