Tom Hardy becomes the king of gangsters in Capone, the new film by director Josh Trank.
In Capone we see how dementia takes over the gangster’s final days, after serving a 10-year prison sentence. The film stars Tom Hardy as Al “Fonzo” Capone and Linda Cardellini as his wife, Mae. The rest of the cast is made up of Jack Lowden, Matt Dillon, Noel Fisher, Kyle MacLachlan and Kathrine Narducci, among others.
Originally titled “Fonzo“, Capone allows us to discover one of the hidden facets of Al Capone‘s: the serious deterioration of the gangster’s mental condition in the twilight of his life. However, despite offering a creative idea and leading us to an unexplored part of Al Capone’s story, the film has a messy and confusing narrative style. The editing makes it a fast-paced movie, but without an interesting enough plot to build up for a suitable climax.
Tom Hardy had the difficult task of depicting the states of a person with dementia and, while the character sometimes felt over the top, Hardy‘s performance is one of the most interesting aspects of the film. The same with the performance of Cardellini, whose character is presented to us as our guide through the story.
Josh Trank is known for his controversial films like Chronicle (2012), which was his directorial debut and a box office success, and Fantastic Four (2015), considered one of the worst superhero movies ever made. Capone adds to its catalog of controversies as a divisive film, but that could interest followers of true crime or Al Capone aficionados.