With great performances from Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Shia Labeouf, and Gary Oldman, Lawless is worth the long wait
The screenplay was top notch, one of the best things about the film. Written by Nick Cave, the screenplay is different than a typical average gangster film with two gangs or two gangsters just shooting up each other for an entire movie, it focuses on 3 brothers fighting to survive the Prohibition Era in rural Virginia and Nick Cave did an awesome job writing this film
The acting was awesome, great performances by alot of actors. Lets start with the Boundurant brothers, starting with their leader Forrest Boundurant played by Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy, as always, was a badass in this film and gave a great performance that was one of the best of the film as he plays Forrest perfectly as a leader of the family and a mentor to his young brother Jack. Now onto the middle child Howard Boundurant played by Jason Clarke. Clarke in this film didnt really stand out to me, his character just wasnt all that ineresting as I thought he would be. Now for the youngest Boundurant, Jack Boundurant played by Shia LaBeouf. Shia really suprised me in this and gave a pretty good performance. What I liked about the Jack character was you see an entire change, from hm being a timid weak person to finally seeing what it takes to truly become a man and standing up for yourself and Shia really brought his A game to this role.
Now onto our other cast. Guy Pearce as Charlie Rakes was another great choice. Pearce gives a great performance that makes you really hate his character and Pearces performance was definetly one of the best. Gary Oldman was also terrific as the gangster Floyd Banner but I hated how he barely got anytime in his role, just a waste. Now for the women of Lawless, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska gave OK performances, they werent bad but they werent great either.
The directing donne by John Hillcoat was good. Hillcoat really knew what he was doing and you really get the feel of Prohibition Era Virginia and showing the struggle of these 3 characters fighting the law to survive and his cinematographer Benoit Delhomme also deserves some recognition for helping Hillcoat capture this great film
The visuals were also terrific as you really get a feel for rural Virginia in the film. Hillcoat also shows that he really did his homework in this film by showing a true 1930s Prohibition film and showing the hard times of the 1930s
Overall I give the film 8/10 stars. Lawless is a terrific film that really is better than what you would expect. If I had to really say something bad about the film I would have prefered that the title stay The Wettest County instead of Lawless but it still works. So go grab some moonshine, kick back and watch the outlaws become heros in Lawless