I just came back from seeing ‘Live by Night,’ based off the novel by the same name and written by Dennis Lehane. While I didn’t know him at first, I recognized him by reputation. His books have become popular among the film industry, including Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island, and he was on the writer’s panel for season 3 of The Wire, among other things.
Ben Affleck produced, directed, wrote, and acted in the film. Now, some would say that that is too much for one man, that “with great power comes great responsibility.” But I thought the film was dope.
Set during the 1920’s Prohibition/ First World War era, the beginning is narrated by the main character, with some background information given as to why he is in his current predicament. This is necessary to understand the reasoning behind a lot of the choices he makes.
In the film, they give loads of “food for thought.” One of the main things I picked up on was “there is no heaven, heaven is right here, right now,” or something along those lines.
The film, then, plunges straight into the action, which was well shots. I loved the dialogue and the proverbs of life through the eyes of a criminal. Oh, speaking of shots, this film also has beautiful landscape shots. One in particular is of a boat cruising down the rivers on calm waters and not a building in sight, which made me daydream of something better and say “that’s life right there” (a particular shot). Well, of what was supposed to be Miami before Pablo Escobar and cocaine hit in the 80’s and built Miami to what it is today. If you want to know the story behind Miami, watch the documentary “Cocaine Cowboys,” it’s an amazing watch. If you haven’t already, you also need to watch Narcos on Netflix, which shows you the life of one of the most dangerous, but richest, man in the 80’s.
The cast is amazing, with my babes Zoe Saldana (Graciela Corralesas) as one of the main ladies. She played it amazingly. You really feel for her in certain bits, without giving anything away. Sienna Miller plays a love interest and is almost unrecognizable, which I thought was brilliant. The way she styled her acting was on point, in my opinion. I was shocked to see Brendan Gleeson (Thomas
Coughlin). I think he is an amazing actor. He’s been in such films as Troy, Gangs of New York, Harry Potter, and won an Emmy for playing Winston Churchill on the TV show Into the Storm.
The film is amazing just for the simple fact that it is an adaption from a book and it has made me want to read the book. I think this is the case for a lot of people. There’s a number of reasons why I want to read the book, one of which is that there’s a bit at the end that I didn’t get and am hoping the book can shed some light on. So comment below so we can discuss it further. Because when it comes to films, I’m the film connoisseur.
Books go into hella more detail than films because they have to grab the attention of the reader and get the readers’ imagination going.
My rating for this film is 8/10.