"Are You Doing Something Desperate? Something We Can't Clean Up This Time?"
But here are some things “The Drop” has that some other crime movies don’t.
First, it’s got James Gandolfini in his last role on the big screen. As an aged accessory to the Chechen mob in Brooklyn (where in Brooklyn I couldn’t tell you, it looks like no neighborhood I’ve been to), Gandolfini shines in this film. He’s a man who’s finally attempting to take the risks he could have taken years ago, and although it’s unclear as to whether he’s doing it to secure money for his family or just to claim control over his own life, this dichotomy is interesting without being heavy-handed. He’s a sneak, he’s a manipulator, but he’s a man with deep attachment to his current lifestyle, which makes it all the more interesting that he’s decided to throw a wrench into it.
It’s got Tom Hardy as our leading man Bob, a seemingly simple bartender who struggles to form personal relationships that exist outside of his bar or the Brooklyn gang scene. He can never seem to escape the schemes that are constantly going on around him, and the audience gradually learns that although he abides by his own moral code, that code might not be on the straight and narrow. Watching his character evolve is an experience that’s interesting and fluid, and Hardy does a fine job of portraying an unconventional male protagonist.
It’s got possibly the cutest pitbull puppy you’ve ever seen, cute to the point where it’s a bit distracting. I was constantly fretting over this dog’s safety, considering that we’re introduced to it when Bob plucks it from a garbage can and nurses it back to health. The dog is probably a symbol of Bob’s loyalty or steadfastness or some shit, but I have a hard time caring when it’s being so adorable everywhere.
These three things give this movie life. In terms of the plot, this film is nothing special. The characters aren’t generally people you haven’t seen before. But the acting is stellar, and there’s a cute dog. So if either of those things appeal to you and you also like crime dramas, check out The Drop. Otherwise, wait around for a couple more weeks for the rest of the good movies to start coming out.
Scotch Whiskey. Probably not top shelf, unless you can get your hands on it.
-Drink whenever two men criticize each other
-Drink when you see blood
-Drink when someone talks about death
-Drink for abrupt subject changes
-Drink for sports references
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "The Drop" is produced and distributed by Fox Searchlight Productions. The film is rated "R" with a runtime of 106 minutes.