First Glance: “Capone”

Talk about a movie that instantly had me in its corner! I’m a bit of a sucker for period gangster stories and have read countless books about the Mafia’s heyday in America. Among those were some great biographies of the notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone. So naturally a movie titled “Capone” is gonna catch my attention. But then you cast Tom Hardy in the titular lead role. Now I’m invested! Having the criminally underrated Linda Cardellini onboard as Mae Capone is just icing on the cake.

“Capone” looks at a chapter in the gangster’s life rarely chronicled. It takes place in Florida after his 11-year prison sentence for tax evasion (he served a little over 8 years). Capone was hardly the untouchable “Public Enemy No. 1” of the Prohibition Era. His mental and physical health was steadily deteriorating which looks to be a key focus of the film. The first trailer looks terrific; a bit batty but in a really good way. The one question is the film’s writer-director Josh Trank. This is his first movie since the 2015 disaster that was “Fantastic Four”. How will he bounce back? I’m anxious to see.

“Capone” is set to release May 12th on demand which is exciting news. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

18 thoughts on “First Glance: “Capone”

  1. I’m always interested in what Tom Hardy does, but this trailer is kind of…..bad? It’s basically just Hardy starring 🤣 Josh Trank being involved is a huge red flag but I’ll keep an eye on it with low expectations.

    • Really??? I like the trailer a lot. Looks like it’s taking a wacky psychological angle which would fit considering how bad Capone was in his last days. I do agree about Trank. He needs a winner REALLY bad!

  2. This looks interesting as I do love Tom Hardy as well as the subject of Al Capone who was a much smarter individual than people gave him credit for. I mean after all, he did make an ass out of Geraldo Rivera although that’s not a hard thing to do. What is genius about it is that Capone did it after he died.

    • Capone was a fascinating individual. A man of violence and an opportunist. He was on top of the underworld but overstepped as so many mob guys did. Really anxious to see how the film handles this final stage of his life. It looks to have its own unique flavor.

  3. I will definitely be checking this out and it’s great that it’s right onto video on demand. If it’s anything like the performances Tom Hardy gave in Legend or Lawless this should be a good one to check out

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