MOVIE REVIEW: CAPONE
'Capone' is a another misfire feature from writer/director Josh Trank
By Sal LoCicero | May 16th, 2020
After the train wreck of Fantastic Four (2015), Josh Trank has returned five years later to make a movie about Al Capone in his final year while suffering from dementia. Josh Trank was a critically acclaimed filmmaker. In 2012, he made a found footage style superhero origin film titled "Chronicle". Both critics and audiences enjoyed Chronicle.
After the release of Chronicle, Trank and 20th Century Fox went on to make a remake to Fantastic Four. However, during the production there was a lot of back and forth with the filmmaker and the studio. They went through many disagreements to the point where Josh Trank gave up on the project during post-production.
Fantastic Four is regarded as one of the worst superhero films of all time. With its incredibly weak storyline and its convoluted script, the film was not only horribly received, it also ruined director Josh Trank.
It is now 2020, some of us are still in quarantine, movies are either being released to VOD or getting delayed. Trolls: World Tour was the first major feature to debut on VOD, and now we have the latest film from Josh Trank titled "Capone". From the trailer, Capone looked really bad. The only thing about the movie that was giving people hope was Tom Hardy as Al Capone. Hardy is a gifted actor who has taken on roles that have become so iconic like Bane (The Dark Knight Rises). He has shown that he is capable of delivering great performances, no matter the type of role given to him.
You can tell when watching Capone that Hardy is trying his best to deliver another successful performance. Unfortunately from the opening scene, you will be laughing uncontrollably at Tom Hardy's portrayal. You may want to play the game "Try not to laugh" during the majority of the movie.
Although Tom Hardy is pretty bad here, it's really not his fault for giving the performance he gave. After Fantastic Four, Josh Trank held off from directing a movie for awhile. Capone is his first film back from recovery after the production failure of Fantastic Four. Not only does Josh Trank direct this movie, he wrote and edited it as well. The direction, writing, and editing are all the main problems with this movie.
This isn't the worst mobster biopic ever made. There are a lot of other biopics out there that are atrocious; for example Gotti (2018). If you compare the two films, obviously Capone is better.
Besides from Hardy's laughable performance, Capone is a movie that no one is going to remember.