Five years on from the catastrophe of Fantastic Four, filmmaker Josh Trank finally made his return last month with the release of Capone, his Tom Hardy-headlined biopic of the notorious mobster Al Capone.
The film is certainly no conventional biopic and gets pretty bizarreat times, something which has split both critics and audiences alike. However, as Trank tells The Hollywood Reporter, he’s actually pleased with the divisive reception the film has received.
“I’m actually very happy with the outcome,” said Trank. “At this moment, it looks like it’s split down the middle, and the things that people seem to love about the movie are the same exact things that other people hate about the movie. That’s perfectly fine because everything in this movie is up front and center for you to see. Nothing is being hidden. It’s right there. But I’m glad that what people are reacting to are the most extreme elements of the movie. It’s getting a reaction. If you hate this movie, that’s perfectly fine because you’re reacting to something that’s pretty real.”
Trank also went on to reveal that he was actually encouraged to make things even weirder after holding an early “friends and family” screening for his pals in the filmmaking community: “Everybody [from Rian Johnson to Joe Carnahan] was like, ‘There are areas where you could be weirder. If you’ve already gone this far to make a movie this weird and this unexpected, own it. Own your shit.’ No pun intended.”
Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present. Harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life. As he spends his final year surrounded by family with the FBI lying in wait, this ailing patriarch struggles to place the memory of the location of millions of dollars he hid away on his property.