Posted on 5/13/10 12:46 PM
[I'm not gonna bother with the synopsis, I mean, you're on RT, right?:)]
I first watched this movie about a year ago, I thought it was very good, but nothing too special.
Then a funny thing happened..
Now, the thing about me that you have to know is that, when it comes to music and movies - I have damn near photographic memory. I rarely ever have to watch a film more than once to remember every detail about it..seriously, I remember movies I watched when I was 4 years old. It's a shame that, for the life of me, I cannot remember physics and geometry formulas at all. I dunno, maybe it just doesn't interest me.
After watching this movie and moving on with my life, I found myself quoting it and mulling the plot over more and more often in my head, so I decided to watch it again. And man, was it better the second time around.
The thing is; when you you already know the plot, you start to take in the little details - the acting, the background shots, the camera placements etc... and this film really captures the look and feel of South Boston.
Now, I have never actually been to those locations depicted in the movie, but I am sure that it is exactly like it's portrayed here.
Ben Affleck has really earned my respect after directing this gem and starring in State of Play (which I thought was just an OK movie, but the performances were incredible).
Casey Affleck really nails this role down to a T and I strongly recommend you watch this movie. The only other movies from this decade that I remember watching a second time are Memento and Zodiac. And Alone in the Dark, because I really wanted to affirm the sneaking suspicion that Christian Slater was actually in it, plot synopses and cast/crew information be damned.
I view this movie as a neo-western/film noir hybrid, set in a present day slum. The moral choices at the end are very emotionally involved and believable. I think this is one of the best movies of the decade.