Capone finally is released through Vertical Entertainment on May 12th and provides audiences with a vastly different look at the iconic gangster. This film certainly isn’t The Untouchables, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Trank’s latest project gives audiences an insight into Capone’s later years. What becomes of a man who has lived with being hunted now being told he can live in peace. Complicated matters are his battles with dementia. Things are starting to blur, and Capone’s grip on the world is beginning to slip.
Tom Hardy and Linda Cardellini play Al and Mae Capone in the film and are equally terrific. Mae is the emotional backbone of this story. She loves Al and wants to do anything to keep up the “appearance” that he’s in control when he’s far from it. Hardy loses himself in this role, conjuring a performance that few expected. Perhaps Capone suffered from diminished expectations due to Josh Trank being the director? If that’s true, then shame on them. Trank is the perfect director for this unique look into Capone.
Most of the film runs through Hardy’s Capone, and Trank realizes this by making sure he is in the dead center of 98% shots. Blocking played an essential role in this one. Anytime Hardy would pivot to aside, it seemed he was in another world. While I understand the film highlights a point in the notorious gangster’s life where he had lost touch with reality, there are points in this story that are just so damn confusing. There are actual moments in the film, which just seem a tad pointless. That’s not to say this film was horrific because it was far from that. It just seems Trank’s narrative was too out there for even the most open-minded of people.
Overall, Capone’s terrific performance it’s lead actors is just enough to make Trank’s film passable. It’s a shame that Hardy’s unreal transformation will likely go to waste.