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How I Became a Gangster review – delightfully violent but as stereotypical as it gets

January 5, 2023

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We review the Netflix movie How I Became a Gangster, which contains no spoilers.

The Polish crime drama of 2019 How i became a gangster (original title: Jak zostalem gangsterem. prawdziwa history) landed on netflix, and it chronicles the adventures of an anonymous narrator as he embarks on a life of crime. Realized by Maciej Kawulskithe film presents Marcin Kowalczyk as main and supporting actors, including Tomasz Wlosok, Jan Fricz, Natalia Szröderand Adam Bobick.

How I Became a Gangster review and plot summary

Set in Warsaw, the film begins with the anonymous narrator describing his youth in 1970s Poland. Although born into a loving family, the protagonist spent his childhood fighting violently, stealing his father’s taxi at night and driving past a hotel frequented by local gangsters and sex workers. As a teenager, the young entrepreneur sold local girls to Saudi tourists. When the patrons got violent with the ladies, the narrator let off steam by beating their lives. Over the years, the rank of the protagonist in the Warsaw criminal underground grew until he landed for the first time in prison. Not for committing robberies, but for randomly beating up three football fans. Upon his release, the Chief begins a criminal enterprise with a young man he has taken under his wing, Walden, and several others. He also falls in love with and marries a classy young woman who either blissfully ignores or just doesn’t care about her business.

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How i became a gangster is as stereotypical as you’d expect from a film of this genre. We have our protagonist, a gangster with honor who refuses to harm women or children. He has a close band of friends, including Walden, who later becomes unhinged and painfully addicted to the substances they peddle. Of course, the women in this film are little more than ornaments. Many actresses portray the forced sex workers surrounding the gangsters and one features the narrator’s wife, Magda, whose only role is to smile, look pretty, and not ask questions. The film even tries to convince the viewer that Magda is so naive that she thinks her husband lives in a mansion and buys her expensive jewelry with the salary he earns from driving a taxi. Even when she seems to have figured out what type of man she married, she happily continues to feign ignorance.

Another problem with this film is how tasteless all of the other characters except the narrator seem. Anyone who isn’t the nameless protagonist is portrayed as a complete and utter idiot, while the main hero is still the only sober, intelligent, and handsomest one. Sure, it makes for a few comedic scenes, but the tired trope becomes less and less amusing as the film progresses.

The narrative may be lacking and the characters may be walking cliches, but the action sequences make up for it in part. If you’re looking for gratuitous violence and a standard story about mean men doing horrible things, you’ll probably appreciate this offering.

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While How i became a gangster is full of tired tropes and misogyny and adds little value to the genre as a whole, it’s still a pretty entertaining piece. It’s a deliciously violent watch and ideal if you want to disconnect for a good two hours and two minutes.

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