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LIVE BY NIGHT (2017)

I’m a big fan of Ben Affleck the director. When he gets behind the camera, good things happen. Just a few examples – Argo, which took Best Picture in 2012. The Town. And a personal favorite of mine, Gone Baby Gone, his directorial debut, based on a Dennis Lehane novel. His latest effort, Live By Night (2016), about a Boston area bootlegger who becomes a Florida gangster, was also based on a Lehane novel, does not deliver the name magic for me. Joe Coughlin (Affleck) is ...the son of a Boston police captain (Brendan Gleeson) who can’t – and won’t – stay on the right side of the law. That’s because he fell in love with Emma (Sienna Miller), the girlfriend of an Irish crime boss. There’s betrayal, revenge, chases, a relocation of Florida to seek more revenge, Joe versus the KKK, killings and shootouts and MORE! Yet the sum total of Live By Night is less than its parts (and there are some wonderful parts). There is just too much going on here to do justice to – the film is too long and actually can be considered boring in stretches. It pains me to even try to summarize the myriad plot and all of the players. Live By Night would have benefitted greatly from a more efficient screenplay (Affleck co-wrote) and not longing to tread in the same realm as The Godfather. A tough slot and terribly disappointing.#61 of 2017.

TLA one-word review: meandering

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?