Gone Baby Gone Reviews
There were really only two things that I didn't like about this film, Casey Affleck's performance, and the language. Affleck's performance here felt really wooden to me. The film revolves around a child being kidnapped, but his performance did not reflect the intensity and emotion of the situation. There seemed to be an emotional disconnect. I didn't like that about the film. The language did not settle well with me, either. I have seen countless films with language as foul as foul gets (The Departed, The Fighter, Pulp Fiction), but here it really didn't work. It felt juvenile to me. Add the language to a flat leading performance...the first half of the film was not that good.
As for the rest of the film, I liked it. The story was involved and brilliantly executed by director, Ben Affleck. Supporting actors Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Amy Ryan gived fantastic performances. Amy Ryan received an Oscar nomination for her performance; Ed Harris very well could have recieved also. He has a powerful monoloque scenes that ranks among his best performances. Michelle Monaghan also gives a strong performance, I just wish she could have had more screen time. The ending of the film was outstanding...so deep and highly thought provoking. I didn't think the film would leave much of an impact on me because I didn't like the first part, but the ending really made me think, and I can't deny that I was touched. Finally, the muscial score by Harry Gregson-Williams is great.
All-in-all, I still recommend this film. There were flaws, but it's very good and has a thought provoking message.
"How do you live in this world, and still be good enough to go to heaven", a question raised by the hero, is the recurring theme through out the movie. A little girl is abducted, and the movie unfolds through the story of two investigators who were hired to find her. At the end of their search, they're faced with a compelling question, whether the right thing to do is really the best thing to do.
The story may take one too many twists, but that doesn't really take our mind off the subject. Ben Affleck as a director really delivers, making sure that the characters look as real, normal and creepy as the real people out there; and maintaining a grim, heavy atmosphere from start to finish.
I would go so far as to say that I cant find anything wrong about this movie, but If someone had a gun pointed at my head and told me to point out one bad thing , I'll have to say it's the title of the movie.. An awful title considering the premise of the movie..
There have been a lot of solid movies set in Boston in recent years, but Gone Baby Gone tops even The Departed and Mystic River, as good as they both were. What starts off as a story about a missing child evolves into one of the most thought provoking and genuinely compelling movies that I've seen.
Ben Affleck has real talent as a director, and did an excellent job of maintaining the authenticity of both the story of the Dennis Lehane novel and the neighborhood that it's set in. Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, and Amy Ryan were all perfectly cast, and give stellar performances.
Gone Baby Gone is just one of those movies that it's hard to find a flaw with. It's expertly made, sticks with you, and doesn't offer any easy answers. Highly recommended.
Though there are some very cliched scenes stretched too far by extraneous, stagey dialogue that's soap-opera bad in spots, this film gets high marks for its moral ambiguity - it's one of the few films I've recently seen that have really made me ask questions, and it's a tough one to wrestle with. Ed Harris is brilliant, and Boston looks beautiful - all in all, it's a very good first outing for Affleck as a director, and this is without a doubt one of 2007's better films.