Sound Off: Ben Affleck's The Town - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
September 17, 2010
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Back in 2007, Ben Affleck made his directorial debut with a phenomenal crime thriller called Gone Baby Gone starring his brother Casey Affleck, now he's back with his sophomore effort, The Town. This Boston-based crime drama features a hell of an ensemble cast, with Affleck, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Chris Cooper, Blake Lively and Pete Postlethwaite, but is it any good? How does it compare to Gone Baby Gone? Is it one of the best films, about crime or not, this year? If you've seen it, leave a comment and let us know what you thought of Ben Affleck's The Town.
To fuel the fire, as I said in my initial review of The Town from the Toronto Film Fest, I didn't really love the movie, I thought it was just okay. I haven't had the chance to see it for a second time yet, so I'm going purely off of my thoughts from that initial screening. I thought the script was messy and the ending was extremely cheap. To me this was a huge step down from Gone Baby Gone, which is one of my all-time favorites, and I think Affleck forgot to put as much care into directing and decided to just make a Hollywood popcorn flick without all the intricacies of his first feature. All the performances were good, especially Renner and Hamm, but I hated Blake Lively in it. This definitely won't be one of my favorite movies of the year, unfortunately.
What did you think of The Town? This year's best crime drama or a mediocre action thriller?