Did anybody ever notice how flat Ryan Gosling‘s voice is? So he get’s away with a great body and that puppy face, but can he really act? Let’s get to the Gangster Squad and from the Gangs of Bollywood we tackle the Gangs of Hollywood back in 1940s and 50s.

Directed by Ruben Fleishcher who is known for Zombieland there is already a lack of punch for the film. While most of the real gangster sequences and story is dominated by Emma Stone‘s red lips and dress and the sets, hats and cigars, Sean Penn as Micky Cohen somewhat steals the show. This story based on the book Tales from the Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman gets slow and sloppy and the action is boring. Perhaps its the influx of technology, sci-fi, or nothing close to Django Unchained style action and you loose interest.

Emma Stone Gangster Squad Kareena-Kapoor-Talaash

As the Casting Director the recommendation would have been to put Ryan Gosling as Sergeant John O’Mara and Josh Brolin as Sergeant Jerry Wooters. Emma Stone does deliver and it is no surprise her red dress and style of entrance was taken up in the Bollywood film “Talaash” where Kareena Kapoor spouts a sultry song. You get the feeling that the cast is disconnected with the subject and Sean Penn gets all the bashing in the end when he is caught. Finally, there is happy endings for many but not the audience.