Posted on 10/14/10 12:51 PM
What I Liked: Ben Affleck has been sort of disappointing as an actor over the past couple years (or at least since Gigli), but as a director he shows a massive amount of talent. The fact that he is from Boston shows us that he knows his stuff when portraying his beloved home city as the bank robbery capital of the world. For the most part, every performance is nicely done. Jeremy Renner comes off his best actor nomination in The Hurt Locker with all barrels blazing as a hot headed, trigger-happy thug (the kind of character he played in The Hurt Locker). Jon Hamm (aka Don Drapper) is pretty much perfect as the head FBI agent on the case. In most cases, the head agent is not anything special in films like this, but in this film, Hamm was special . Of course Ben Affleck should not only be recognized for the directing in this film, but for the acting as well. This truly is one of his best movies ever. Aside from the acting, one of the things to be admired about this film was the scenery of Boston. It was shot beautifully and gave me a sense that the fall season was here. The pacing in the movie should also be recognized, for it didn't just include non-stop brilliant action scenes, but it was also a love story. I was really surprised with how realistic most of the heist and gun battles actually were.
What I Didn't Like: For the most part each character was played very well. However, I felt that Blake Lively's role in this movie was very under used. She had the potential to be a strong actor in the story, but the story did not allow for that. She was used solely for information and not emotion. Also, don't get me wrong, I liked the relationship between Affleck and Rebecka Hall. As the characters first met it seemed to be a little stale for me. She just came right out and said everything that had happened to her instead of Affleck discovering it for himself.
Bottom Line: The Town is a crime drama done well! The kind of movie where the action and drama are perfectly spaced apart and the actors really find a way to get you to care. With exciting action and a deep message on facing our past and the changes we face in life, The Town is truly one of the year's best films.