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Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Everyone wants the truth... until they find it.
Director: Ben Affleck

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons—they're not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live.

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Baby Arrives

I love it when I am wrong, and someone that I think doesn’t matter surprises me.

Ben Affleck put together some snappy lines in “Good Will,” but that project was so ordinary in form it self-destructed. His acting is generally silly. There isn’t a role he hasn’t deflated.

But here he does three wonderful things.

He selects a story that has shape. Its not like the wimpy “Hunting,” that was just a reslicing of genres. This is extraordinarily unexpected.

He directs his brother, who he clearly knows how to communicate with. Casey is by far more talented this way, and benefits from the guidance. Heck, he even got an almost good performance out of Freeman, who has a role just far enough from his ordinary character to surprise a bit.

But the key thing – he is cinematic. There’s only one totally amateur moment (when the quarry scene is recalled), but there are many well conceived visualisations of what is happening. Its about tone, visual tone, and he gets it.

I’m wrong about the man. He just needed a slot. Now let’s hope he stays there.

Posted in 2009

Ted’s Evaluation — 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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