Hot Take: Want to watch an impressive cast make a mediocre action comedy? The sad part is with a little bit of quality assurance, a leaner Gringo (about 20 minutes too long) could have made all the difference.
It didn’t surprise me to learn that Gringo, though released in 2018, was filmed in early 2016. With so much time between shooting and release, someone could have done a better job tightening up what could have been a decent action comedy. Instead, Gringo is more of a cautionary tale of what happens when you waste a talented cast on a promising concept but fail to deliver a tighter, more cohesive finished product. A cast featuring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton, Sharlto Copley and bit parts for Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Paris Jackson (Michael Jackson’s daughter) in her feature film debut deserves a better fate than what we’re given with Gringo. Poorly paced and muddled, Gringo is what happens when a good idea is executed sloppily. Just good enough to escape a January release, Gringo doesn’t fully earn it’s place outside of “dump month” with it’s best quality making you long for better films from the same genre which we were treated to throughout the ’90s.Read More →