Public Enemy

October 12th, 2010

This was definately a great movie. I really enjoyed it. There were several things about this movie that made it so fun to watch, not to mention the fact that it had action and was a ganster themed movie to say the least.

One of the things that I noted was the stark contrast of the two brother Michael and Tom. They could have been portrayed as good and bad, but it seemed that the director had purposely made them almost exaggerated good and bad. We never see Michael do anything bad whatsoever throughout the movie. He is always the good one, as we see from childhood, the scene where Tom steals roller blades and Michael is angry at  him. Another thing made obvious was how different both their occupations had been. Michael was shown to have worked at an auto shop whereas Tom was a thief in his free time, stealing and selling the items off.

We are shown this later on as well as Michael goes to fight in the army and Tom has continued his trend of mischief. The movie leads us to the conclusions of both. Having been made during the great depression, I loved the fact that there was no happy ending. As good as Michael was he never became rich and made a modest living througout the movie. Tom on the other hand made a lot of money but was killed. No one wins in the end as the family is still as poor as it was in the end as it was in the beginning.

One thing that came my mind after reading the post was Tom’s love for his brother. Regardless of their differences Tom never hit his brother as he was perfectly capable of doing. He loved his family in spite of his misdoings and I thing that he wanted them to fare well. That is why he gives some money to his mom when he comes home as he knows that Michael makes a modest living and would not accept the money, so gave it to help his mom out.

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2 Responses to “Public Enemy”

  1. Amy Herzog on October 12, 2010 11:34 pm

    The contrast between Mike and Tom is very telling. We identify with Tom more, ultimately, but you are right that this love of family is such a core theme in the film, something that trumps all other relationships. And in the end we see the struggle Michael faces in attempting to stay on the straight and narrow against all odds. A very bleak scenario, and the contrast between the two erodes by the final shots.

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