Movie review: Lawless

Grade: B+

For weeks I had been anxiously awaiting the premier of Lawless. I can’t really put into words how much I love Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. I watched Shia grow up on television and blossom into a really great movie star. It was like seeing my own child succeed and flourish in a cutthroat business. Now with Tom it’s purely sexual. The dude is hot. Plain and simple. I was really happy to see that they gave it an R rating. I interpreted that into meaning I’m going to see Tom naked. Ladies, I’m sad to report it’s not Tom that you see naked. Men, you can still sit there with your heads held high even happily in fact because you have a scene where Jessica Chastain is naked.

The movie itself wasn’t bad even though my hopes for a gratuitous, naked, sex scene with Tom didn’t happen. The setting was terrific and costumes outstanding. There is a moment where Shia is walking away in his ratty clothes that made me laugh out loud. His britches were filthy, saggy and too short. The transformation of his clothing style throughout the movie was a night and day turn around. He pulled both of the looks off. Again, that’s my boy!

Lawless was a bit slow on the start. Looking back on it though, they did it correctly. What I thought was just useless filler stuff actually made the movie complete at the end. The way I judge whether or not I like a movie is if I give a flying cat crap if one of them dies. Tom Hardy should have died like three times. So three times I had a lump in my throat and was screaming in my head, “Not Tom!! Don’t let him die!! Not again! Or again!”

All in all, it was an enjoyable movie. Not what I was expecting but sometimes that works.

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