Friday, June 19, 2009

Chicago Premier Night - Blog #2 today

Public Enemies Review from LIPS!

A short and quick review of Public Enemies from a team member that attended last night.

Now remember that this is from a person that has worked on the movie but as we all know - sometimes you are so close to something you never really see it so this was sort of the first time.

The evening was fantastic a lot of great people and energy was in the air with anticipation. We had to wait in the will call line for about 30 mins. and about another 45 minutes before they would open the theaters, which was ok since we saw people we didn’t see for about a year.. The spectators to watch the red carpet was amazing. Just the stars walked the red carpet, but I really didn’t see that because the security guards kept trying to get us go inside. Finally saying they would take our tickets away.

They used two theaters. Around 7:30 MM, JD,MC & CB came into the theater. MM thanked everyone. MM & JD joked about singing a song together. The movie started at 7:33

Went directly into the movie 1933 and the prison scene. Now before anyone jumps down my throat, I am going to say things that other crew members I talked to at the party feel about the movie.

There was absolutely no character development. The beginning of the movie shot badly and you got the sense my god this is going to really suck. But thank god it got better. At times the camera work was great others it lacked something.

I thought CB did an outstanding job so did MC. This is not an academy award performance for JD. I think he has done better work. The love story between JD & MC was great and they both did a great job at that. We counted about 8-10 major scenes that were shot and not even used in the movie.

Little BO was real good but not great.

My mind is still fuzzy since I didn't get in till 3 am.

I am seeing the movie again tonight and I will looking at it in a whole new light. Last night you sat there anticipating the next scene. It was hard to look at the film as a general film going public. that is how I am going to view it tonight.

Feel free to ask questions as he/she/unknown (I believe it's a he but maybe I'll call him a she just to tweak her a little . . . . as I have done in the past ;-) will check for questions.

Here are some photos of the action.


  1. Interesting that they didn't use a lot of scenes. Hmmm ... I guess we will all see what has become of this movie in a few shorts weeks!

  2. Thanks for letting us all know what you thought and for sharing your pictures!!!

    I still can't wait for the 1st!!!!

  3. I wasnt in your fine town of Columbus but in the movie my understanding from someone sitting next to me the scene which JD escapes from Crown Point and he is driving through Crown Point aka Columbus

    Another scene was JMB standing outside a ho house talking to JD.

    THose are the only scenes of Columbus.

    Was there a bank robbery scene shot in Columbus?

    I am sure by the first of the month I will find out.

    Like I said before I am amazed at what was filmed and left out.

  4. omg no footage from the shots of Columbus staged robbery???? I know just the outside was used, I know MM shot way too much footage, over and over again. but ?????

    it will be hard to actually just "watch" the movie without trying to pick out scenes. I will probably see it several times and will need the dvd to slow it down to actually watch it.

    still anticipation is extremely high for PE. Rereading the book to refresh my memory for the movie-I am sure that the book will affect the way I feel about the movie because I will know the background stuff that's NOT in the movie. awaiting reviews anxiously........

  5. Lips,
    All the bank robbery scenes from Columbus are the ones in the trailers of JD shooting the Tommy gun from the blue Nash (same as Deppfan picture) the Green Castle robbery JD first important bank job. Of course I drove just outside that bank there also.....

  6. Lips,
    After reading the book PE I had no interest in trying to write the screenplay, it is just too huge of a story, then to add in a love story in just 2 hours, it just seemed impossible. I was hoping MM could pull it off...

  7. GM,

    You are right, It is too large of a story to pull off in two hours.

    I think that is were the film fails. Like you, since I was involved in the filming and knowing the 1930's gangster history maybe that is why the film fell short for me.

    I was kind of surprised that Bryan Burrough was not at the screening.

  8. "I was kind of surprised that Bryan Burrough was not at the screening."

    OR ME~~

  9. Another short review from IMDB

    "This movie exceeds ALL of my expectations!!! I have followed it from the very beginning, and was so glad when I heard I won a contest to see it tonight :) It is absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to see it again!!!!!!!!!"

    On the flip side another guy said he had a friend see it Thursday in LA ??? and said it was HORRIBLE.

    I say go in with an open mind and the only common thread we have heard for months is the lack of character building.

  10. HBO First look part one: at 1:34 you can see Mike and group standing on the corner as the bank robbers drive away. Yes--One second!

  11. MSW

    Many things you see in trailers, previews are not in movie or different angles.

    Hope he makes final cut

  12. I talked to more people that saw the movie Thursday and they said there are many Columbus shots.

    So fear not.

  13. Here is a great website with clips from the Chicago premiere check them out when you have time...

    I think there are a total of 4 clips to watch

  14. Happy Father's Day!!!!

    Happy First Day of Summer!

    Hope everyone has a great Day!!

  15. Cbs Sunday Morning had a great feature on Dillinger and Pubic Enemies this morning. They featured old newsreel footage of dillinger and interviewed Bryan burroughs.....

    looked for a link to post but for some reason that story called "Americana" is not up yet on cbs website or youtube (a written preview is listed) maybe the link will appear later??;cnav

  16. link for dillinger story on cbs sunday morning (and PE))

  17. Deppfan~ Thank You for the Read..
    Very interesting..

    Amazing how much is coming out of this movie!

  18. Hope you check back to read old comments! It's been a while since I've been able to check the blog and I feel so out of the loop! The Premiere sounds like it was fantastic! I just found out I have off on the second; are there any tickets left for the Columbus premiere??????
    Caydence is ADORABLE!! Love the photos and know we will be seeing LOTS more! If you find out how to
    take care of the rose (leaf) problem, please let me know. I've had the same problem for years!! I
    think it's some type of bug eating them. I have to admit that I've been fighting the same PE "non-happy feeling. I think it's kind of like the Christmas "non-happy" feeling. There is always so much anticipation and activity building up to the big day and then IT'S OVER! We're coming to that!! Oh, not right away; but I can see it on the horizon. And that is what is sad.

  19. Chicago Premier Night - Blog #2 today