Script Review of Michael Mann’s Public Enemies

You got Christian Bale, you got Johnny Depp, and you got Michael Mann orchestrating it all. How could a 1930’s movie like “Public Enemies” not be good? The boys over at Latino Review have a review of the film’s script, and overall, the grade seems to be a big thumbs up.

Here is the reviewer’s encapsulation:

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this. I loved it. In terms of comparison with the recent American Gangster – I honestly was a little let down by American Gangster; I liked it, but it was a little underwhelming. I think that Public Enemies is going to be everything American Gangster wasn’t for me – the story is tighter, the drama and romance better written, and the set pieces just rife with potential.

He adds this about the ending:

Honestly, the only criticism I would have for Public Enemies is the ending. I can forgive a weak film with a great ending, but I have a hard time forgiving a great film with a weak ending. This ending isn’t weak – the ending is kind of… a letdown. It makes total sense and resolves an important piece of the story, but my problem isn’t with the scene itself, but we need a bigger ending – something worthy of such a kick ass film, because, in the end, it’s all about the ending. It doesn’t take much to please me – even just a half a page bigger in scope and I’m happy. Let’s hope that an idea has been cooking in Mann’s head for this project during the strike.

You can read the full script review here.

Johnny Depp as John Dillinger and Christian Bale as a persistent G-Man. Bring it on!