No, seriously, he really does look like that…
Capone (2020), is directed by Josh Trank, who also directed Chronicle (one of my favorite found-footage films), and stars Tom Hardy, Matt Dillon, Noel Fisher, among others.
The movie depicts the life of infamous gangster and businessman Alfonse Capone in his last days as he suffers from dementia(a brain degenerative disease) and neurosyphilis and is haunted by the brutal memories of his forgotten past.
In this Crime/Drama screenplay, the plot and story seem to be driven by a boring, slow pace while Hardy’s portrayal of Capone develops itself poorly.
First off I’d like to state that I’m a big fan of Tom Hardy’s other film works such as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Venom. However, in this film his character development isn’t established that well in my opinion.
Look, someone’s gotta call out the elephant in the room. I feel like it’s gotta be said.
Hardy’s voice impersonation of Capone honestly sounds like he’s trying too hard. The low, raspy tone he exuded kept making me laugh more than I should’ve.
It was an admirable performance, I’ll admit that, but it came across as comical a lot of the time.
He makes a lot of over-exaggerated threats to different characters at different points of the movie that make it, as a whole, look more comedic than it should be.
He also has moments where he goes into long outbursts of yelling that make his face pop out with bulging, gross veins. It definitely wasn’t a pleasant thing to see.
As for the visuals of the movie, there are a couple of gory scenes that happened, so if you don’t have a strong stomach for violence and blood, then this one probably isn’t for you.
I particularly liked the moments where Capone and his family were gathered out in nature, viewing the beautiful bush and greenery of the trees in the distance.
It instilled in me a calm and serene feel that had me relatively relaxed and tranquil.
The structure and plot of the movie though didn’t really feel like it had any direction to it.
It’s like clumps of scenes were glued on together in a disorganized and rushed manner.
I think maybe the director was trying to convey a psychological sense for the viewer of being in the place of Capone and experiencing what he was going through, and while I understand that, there wasn’t really much of an effect on me other than being confused over what the story was trying to progress towards.
I found myself constantly losing focus and attention and had to force myself to be engaged in the plot.
At the beginning, I was thoroughly focused. In the middle act I was starting to get tired mentally and wander off into daydreaming. By the time the climax happened, I was already half-asleep just waiting for it to end.
Sure, it was entertaining, but by that point my mental energy felt as if it had been fully and completely sapped.
To wrap this up to a close, the movie felt decent and okay to me. If a friend asked me if I would recommend it however, I would say don’t bother.
If you want to hear Hardy sound funny though and yell at everyone within his vicinity to get off his property like Old Man Jenkins in Spongebob, then give it a try.
FP Score – Ordinary