Saturday, 27 October 2012

Movie Review - Lawless

There was no poster of Lawless around when I watched it so I had to get a pic later on.

   Shia Labeouf tries another serious role, this time in 'Lawless,' a period film about desperate men during desperate times but with the flavor of country brutality.
This ain't no country for young, stupid men like you.
   The film is set during the Prohibition era where alcohol and other vices are, well, prohibited. The 'backwater hicks' manufacture their own moonshine, minding their own dirty business while city gangsters try to horn in on their territory.
Nope, not much family resemblance.
   Ultimately, 'Lawless' is about family. Shia Labeouf's character struggles to find his place in his brother's organization while courting a conservative neighbor. Tom Hardy is the 'invincible' leader of the pack who tries to take care of his own, including a lost soul in the form of their waitress.  There is a third brother, a violent thug but his character evolution isn't as developed as his siblings.

   Stealing the show would be the freaky Guy Pearce, almost unrecognizable as a reprehensible representative of the urbane side of mob. His mannerisms are creepy, his behavior is repulsive, his nature is revolting... but he is actually quite captivating. He's the villain you love to hate and he stands out in the crowd of shady characters.

I'm invincible, doncha know.
   As the title suggests, the movie has lawbreakers left and right. Even the local constables are corrupt. The protagonists are not squeaky clean but they are the lesser evil to root for, especially in the face of Guy Pearce's pervading maliciousness. One can cheer for Shia Labeouf as his character matures or marvel at Tom Hardy's obliviousness at his own legend. It would be better though if they acted with more sense. There are times when one would want to smack them upside their head for their rash decisions and foolhardy actions, haha.
Here comes the romanticization...
   Lawless features a look at the rural side of crime during that particular era. Its depiction is romanticized, but still retains the viciousness and humanity associated with the drama of high crime.  You can catch this flick at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma.
Moonshining's a bloody tough business...
   Spoilers after a word from our sponsors, the Weinstein Company, for providing the pictures :)
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Don't you DARE look at these spoilers unless you've seen the movie!

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Bonehead move, kid.
  Yeah, Shia's character does really dumb stuff.  Showing up kinda drunk to his crush's event, doing the alcohol delivery without backup (that worked out fine though), of course, leading Guy Pearce to their secret brewery... the very worst was going to the final showdown without thinking things through.  Naturally, he gets shot after taking a few steps.  He racked up the casualties with his bonehead move.  Yeah, he was really just an emotional bomb.
Well, I guess we know how his voice got that way for his other movie roles, haha.
   The neck slicing of Tom Hardy was unbelievable.  How in the world did he survive that.  How could anyone?  Seriously.  His whole bit about being invincible was funny though.  Shame they had to ruin it in the ending.
Nope, this isn't the scene being referred to, haha!
  Everybody laughed when Hardy mumbled "What are you doing?" in the bed scene.  You're being seduced, silly.  Haha!

  I suppose the present for Guy Pearce was 'balls' but I didn't look like that to me when the jar shattered.

  Everybody was all outraged when the handicapped boy was killed.  Weren't there other deaths before that were worse?  The tarred and feathered guy was horrific and he wasn't even dead.  It made me feel that Guy Pearce must have sexually abused him or something but the scene was removed.  Clues were the handicapped guy insulting Pearce's masculinity indirectly.
Tough guy?  Suuuuure.

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