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.