Thursday, September 30, 2010

No sir, a 10-82 is disappearing a dead hooker from Ben Affleck's trailer. Oh that Affleck.

I love movies about Boston. I'm a total sucker for the familiar. The scenery, the accents, the subtle references to the Red Sox and our shared Irish heritage. What can I say, I'm a girl who was born in Beantown.*

So, of course, I was absolutely dying to see The Town.

All and all the movie was great. It was quick witted and action packed. The characters were complex and intriguing in a way that constantly made you want to know more about them. Although the storyline was a little familiar, having taken a few twists and turns from Heat and The Departed, it was thoroughly enjoyable to watch and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Affleck for his part as an actor does a nice job, but he is a little more believable in the romantic storyline opposite Rebecca Hall, than he is as a bank robber opposite Jon Hamm. Ben, you are just too handsome, it's not your fault.

The best actress award, however, definitely goes to Blake Lively. Who knew she could play such a convincing coke whore. She even did a decent job with the accent. I definitely see some crossover potential with Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl. Jeremy Renner also pulled off a superb performance as Ben's maladjusted, uber violent sidekick. Both fit into the movie in way that is comparable to all of the gorgeous shots taken of the Boston city skyline.

*Disclaimer: Anyone actually from Boston wouldn't call it Beantown. My NH upbringing denies me the ability to say I'm from Boston, but I was born here and I have lived here for 10 years now!

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