Gangsters with hearts of gold. Ain't it always the way.
I just finished watching the crime thriller/father and son movie, Road to Perdition (2002) and I'm honestly not sure what I thought of it.
The film stars Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan, a low level gangster in Illinois in 1931. Things get complicated for Sullivan when his oldest son and namesake witnesses a pretty bloody event involving the mob boss's son. Essentially family is pitted against family and no one is left safe.
I'm not sure if it's just that my experience with early 20th century gangsters is limited but the tone of this movie felt a little off to me. Admittedly I kept wanting to compare things to Boardwalk Empire since it's about similar subject matters during a similar time period and they actually both utilise Al Capone as a character; although, the two are worlds apart in attitude and manners.
I'm sure my unintentional comparisons did lead to some of my feeling of discontentment but a lot of the story and character portrayals didn't quite ring true to me.
There were still plenty of aspects of the film I did enjoy. The actual look of the piece, I thought, was stunning. The costume design, set dressing and cinematography were all incredible.
Even though I had a hard time buying Tom Hanks in a role like this, there were still plenty of scenes where he shone.
Daniel Craig as the Mob Boss's crazy and irrational son also did a particularly good job. He was incredibly unlikable while still being able to evoke at least a little pity.
Overall, this is a film I think I'd need to watch again to sort my thoughts out properly but I certainly wouldn't dissuade anyone from watching it. I know it's a favourite among many.