'Capone' Is A Another Misfire Feature From Writer/Director Josh Trank
By Sal LoCicero | May 16, 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', which recieved praise from both critics and audiences.
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. Later, just a week before the release, he tweeted about how poor the quality of the movie will be.
'Fantastic Four' (aka Fant4stic) 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, but it also ruined writer/director Josh Trank and his mental health.
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 movie "Capone". From the trailer, Capone looked really bad. The only thing about the movie that was giving people hope was Tom Hardy as former mobster 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 also wrote and edited it as well. The direction, writing, and editing are the main problems with this movie. It's very convoluted. Having the focus be on Al Capone suffering through dementia is bizarre and when you have a messy filmmaker behind the screen worsening the potential as it goes on, the end result is an sloppy and offensive feature.
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 a better movie. But Hollywood needs to give this genre a rest for awhile.
Besides from Hardy's (unfortuantely) laughable performance, 'Capone' is a movie that no one is going to remember.