another masterpiece from affleck (by prathams-23396)
the best movie of the year, i gotta tell you that this movie shows what affleck is really capable of, it may not be better than the town or argo but still it is a great movie. the first 30 minutes excites you very much but later the movie loses its pace but just for 5 to 10 minutes. some people are saying that this is the worst movie of affleck but worst is not the right word used here well we can call it the least best. if you are an affleck fan then you should go and see this movie and even if you are not still go and watch it. affleck really shows us that he is the best both behind the <more>
camera and in front of it. this movie deserves an Oscar for me
Live by night, what I loved and what I missed from the book! Spoiler Alert! (by flowerpowerdr)
Live by night movie review!First I have to say I loved the movie, because unlike any other gangster movie it wasn't just about the gangster and the loyalty in the gang, it was more! It had contemporary problems of interracial hierarchy, and how each race struggles to prove that it is the worthy one! And how some fanatics try to destroy the other because they just can! Also it shows how playing good in a puddle of evil will make you the evil one to either side, that is why changing the rules of the game or life if that matters would cost you heavily! Being the boss of a killing mob will <more>
eventually either change you or make you lose all that is dear to you, so choose from the start, grey lines may be there but don't try to change the colors between white and black to suit your imagination! You could change the world around you to heaven as Joe did at the end but only if you are completely honest about it, not crossing the lines every now and then! Apart from the philosophy, it had some great action scenery, the car chase, the hotel shootings, they were just fantastic. My problem was with Ben's wardrobe, his suits were the only ill fitting suits on set, he was practically swimming in them, also some close shots made his face so big! As for Joe's voice , it fitted the narrative although sometimes inaudible, but the voice over constituted about a fourth of the movie, sometimes I felt it is a documentary of Joe! There were some characters altered, the father didn't appear dissociated from the family and conflicted like the book, only one who comes to give his wise words and leave! Graciela, not a repel with a poor family, struggling to keep them off the ground, which would suit Joe from the book as he was a repel , who had his love killed because of his choices! But instead she was this nurturing home for a man who was tired of fighting, so she suited Joe in the movie more! Esteban was so plain unlike the book, where he was flashy, intelligent and caring! The scenes were sometimes too fast and sometimes too slow, which makes you some how perplexed but adds to the unpredictability of a somehow predictable gangster story, which I think was genius of the director.Ben retained the themes and philosophical quotes, also the visual breathtaking scenes and fights are there. But it is hard to follow those multi-directional stories except after reading their background from the book, and I think that what made people think this is a bad movie, because they didn't know where some of the characters emerged and where they go! He omitted two parts of the book which were just intriguing and which made me glued to the book in the first place, the navy ship blowing and the prison blackmailing by Maso!He didn't have the anger and rebellious character of a disillusioned army man, he was so calm from the start, no even excited to be a king of Tampa, so why go into gangs in the first place! In the book Joe was young and ambitious and once he knew the price of power, he gave it up! A key scene to this is the Maso kidnapping of Joe, in the book he was on the verge of dying and his gang saved him at the last minute but here he was the boss from the start! So the question mainly was : why take it being boss and why leave it!This is not your regular gangster movie about mobs and crime, this is about why culture variability could be war and how we humans are the reason for igniting that hell, and thus our heaven on earth is a choice not a given thing! Verdict: Too many eggs in one pocket! But enjoyable!
... Elle Fanning was magnificent. The movie was OK. Style was spot on and there was a lot of action but all of that paled once Elle Fanning hit the screen and for the first time you became interested in a character. The difference between her first appearance on screen compared to her later appearance after experiencing some life lessons to her last moment when her character lets down a facade and reveals her soul is masterful acting. The film goes back to just being OK once she is off screen. I always think of Di Caprio being almost to young looking to have the gravitas for some of the roles <more>
he plays but his skill as an actor he always pulls it off. Similarly Elle seems almost too young and too pretty yet she brings substance and nuance to her performances and this is no exception. Only a small role for her yet almost worth seeing the film for.
Prohibition era Boston. Small-time Irish crook Ben Affleck doesn't want to get caught up in the territorial war between Irish gangster Robert Glenister and Italian gangster Remo Girone. But when he falls for Sienna Miller, an inside woman for one of his jobs, it's too late as she's also Glenister's mistress. When a robbery goes wrong and some cops end up dead, and Glenister gets the word about Miller and Affleck, it's only because of Affleck's dad, a police captain who knows everything about everyone in Boston, that Affleck ends up doing some hard time in prison rather <more>
than go to the chair or get killed by Glenister. But Miller's dead and when Affleck gets out again, he wants revenge and turns to Girone. Girone sets Affleck up in Florida where Glenister's been moving in on his liquor business. Affleck does well there and manages to take over most of Glenister's business. But Florida isn't just run by gangsters, it's also run by the KKK... Bloody awesome! If you enjoy the 30s and 40s gangster movies starring James Cagney and Lawrence Tierney Affleck looks so much like him at times, I am convinced he based his physical demeanor in this movie on him , this movie will bring a smile to your face. While Affleck's character is never quite as ruthless or cold as Cagney's and Tierney's trademark roles, he definitely embodies that same kinda spirit. The movie also touches upon the more political/racial/religious aspects of the era, such as where police captain Chris Cooper tells Affleck he will turn a blind eye as long as he keeps his business to the bad read: non-white part of town and of course there's the KKK as already mentioned above . While Affleck is far from the greatest actor ever, he seems very aware of his limitations and makes them work to his advantage here. It also helps that he's supported by an excellent cast. And the movie looks absolutely stunning with some great sets and set pieces, and tons of beautiful 20s/30s cars including a great car chase in and around Boston . Affleck, who also directed this movie, and DoP Richard Richardson, as well as the set & art directors, give this movie a great and authentic look, which by itself is worth the price of admission. If there's a negative to this movie, it's that Affleck also the screenplay writer! wants to bring too much of Dennis Lehane's source novel to the table. Because of the sheer amount of plot lines some get a bit lost in the shuffle and not given too much attention I also left out some rather important ones in this review, hah . I assume that similar to his 2010 movie 'The Town' his original cut is way longer than the current 2h9m runtime tho, so hopefully at some point a 'director's cut' of 'Live By Night' sees the light of day. For me however, the 2 hours flew by, and I was on the edge of my seat from the first second to the last. I can't recommend this movie enough, and I am even considering seeing it again in the cinema. Let me say it again: Blood awesome!
An Exceptional Gangster Epic of the Prohibition Era (by zardoz-13)
Two-time Oscar-winning writer & director Ben Affleck of "Good Will Hunting" and "Argo" has helmed an above-average, old-fashioned, Prohibition Era gangster epic "Live by Night" with himself as star that bears greater resemblance to Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America" 1984 with Robert De Niro than Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" 1972 with Marlon Brando. At the same time, Affleck has tampered with the violent, empire-building gangster film formula. Mind you, "Live by Night" isn't strictly traditional <more>
in its depiction of gangsters. Instead of machine gun massacres in the urban canyons of a northern metropolis, "Live by Night" stages machine gun massacres at luxury resort hotels amid the scenic splendor of rural southern Florida. Like the antihero that Affleck portrays with considerable style, charm, and restraint, "Live by Night" doesn't abide by all gangster movie rules, particularly the tragic ending. Nevertheless, crime still doesn't pay for the protagonist. As in most gangster movies, the mobsters count on avarice, treachery, blackmail, and betrayal to achieve their infamy. Affleck's armed and dangerous anti-hero, however, displays neither the aggressive pugnacity of Edward G. Robinson in "Little Caesar" 1931 nor does he behave like James Cagney's trigger-happy hoodlum in "The Public Enemy" 1931. Instead, he imitates Robert De Niro's Jewish gangster David 'Noodles' Aaronson in the Leone masterpiece. Affleck's Irish-American hooligan Joe Coughlin knows when to say 'no' and abandon the business before his rivals riddle him with bullets to kingdom come. My only complaint—and it constitutes more of a quibble—is the 2 hours plus running time. This chronicle about a self-proclaimed 'outlaw' who ascends from the ranks of blue-collar, unaffiliated thieves and emerges as the white-collar chieftain of a mob-supervised, multi-million-dollar enterprise doesn't exactly lunge off the screen. Affleck allows things to develop gradually and steeps the logistics of crime in atmosphere galore as well as memorable characters. Strong villains make the best movies with their notorious skulduggery. Faithfully adapting the second novel in Dennis Lahane's Coughlin series, Affleck tangles with three unforgettable dastards. The son of an incorruptible Boston Police Deputy Superintendent, Joe Coughlin Ben Affleck of "The Town" refuses to accommodate his father, Thomas Coughlin Brendan Gleeson of "Gangs of New York" , when it comes to being a law-abiding citizen. Joe survived the devastating trench warfare of World War I in France as a U.S. Marine while men around him perished by the dozens on the battlefield. He has come home to Boston with nothing but utter contempt for the politicians who sold out the troops at the international treaty negotiation. Joe vows never to take orders again. Things don't pan out exactly as our hero had anticipated. Initially, Joe and two masked accomplices knock over an illegal, high-stakes poker game with a paid-off insider, Emma Gould Sienna Miller of "American Sniper" , who knows her way around Boston. Eventually, one of Boston's most notorious gangsters, Albert White Robert Glenister of "Safe Conduct" , learns that Joe has been raiding his venues. White insists that our protagonist join his gang and use his skills for something more appropriate to his talents. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the jealous White, Joe has been sneaking around behind White's back with his mistress Emma. Mafia crime boss Maso Pescatore Remo Girone of "Angel with a Gun" summons Joe and asks him to kill White. Adamantly, Joe refuses to attach himself to the Italians. Maso threatens to inform on Joe if he doesn't eliminate White. Meantime, Joe plans a big bank robbery so Emma and he can flee to California with some capital. The robbery goes sideways. Three policemen die trying to nab Joe and his accomplices. Eventually, White catches up with Joe after Emma betrays him. White brutally beats Joe up. He is poised to finish him off when Thomas Coughlin rolls up with the Boston Police in tow. Thomas arrests Joe, but he convinces a harsh judge prosecute his son on lesser charges since Joe's accomplices killed the cops. Furthermore, Thomas informs Joe that Emma died when her getaway car plunged into the river. Joe sweats out forty months behind bars in the Charlestown State Prison. After his release, Joe offers to work for the Pescatore family, and Maso dispatches him to Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, to handle their rum-running enterprise. No sooner has Joe set up shop than the evil White dispatches not only his own henchmen but also hooded KKK gunmen to make life miserable for our hero. Joe creates an enormously profitable operation for Maso. Nevertheless, he doesn't abandon his yearning to wreck vengeance on White for what he did not only to him but also Emma."Foxcatcher" production designer Jess Gonchor, "Tree of Life" costume designer Jacqueline West, and "Forrest Gump" set decorator Nancy Haigh has painstakingly recreated both the glory and the squalor of the Prohibition Era. The gangsters attire themselves lavishly in posh suits with fedora-style hats, while their dames doll themselves up with equal magnificence. The gangsters cruise around in vintage cars of the period, and their henchmen wield that indispensable weapon of the day: the .45-caliber, Thompson submachine gun with drum magazines rather than stick magazines. Indeed, Affleck has preserved virtually all the elements of the classic gangster movie during the Depression about illegal rum-runners. After fate cheats Joe with Emma's sudden death, he gets involved romantically with a gorgeous Cuban lady, Graciela Suarez Zoe Saldana of "Star Trek Beyond" , who participates in the business of selling illegal rum with her brother. "Live by Night" doesn't dwell only on the gangsters and their illicit business, but also in the lives of the supporting characters, particularly a young woman Elle Fanning who suffered from the adversity of heroin addiction and later becomes an evangelist to protest vice of any kind. The cast is superb, and nobody gives a bad performance. Despite its leisurely, slow-burn pace, "Live by Night" manages to present the exploits of gangsters in a setting and manner that few gangster movies have, especially with its lukewarm finale.
Seriously don't understand all the bad reviews here (by arriva)
Either people are easily suggested or I cannot understand all the hatred towards this beautiful film. It's not boring, it's not slow, it's perhaps slightly longer than usual but it's easy to understand why: there's a lot to show and a lot to say.For me it was thought provoking, gripping, mesmerizing without too much sentimentality even though love is the most important ingredient of its story. Through love the main character discovers his true self and we all become better off.There's a lot of betrayal, cruelty, deaths and filth in this film, yet it turned to be very <more>
kind and caring - and I want to thank its creators for turning an otherwise grim and sad story into something you immensely enjoy.I loved pretty much everything about the film, and perhaps the most powerful is the wonderful music score which lightly underscored the main events, yet was mostly invisible.There's just one scene in the film which made me remove a single point: the scene where the protagonist in his car is being chased by two police cars. The policemen shot at him great many times, yet they missed his tires. Pretty unbelievable if you ask me.
I've been a fan of Ben Affleck's directional efforts ever since I saw Gone Baby Gone way back in 2007 in theaters. I also loved The Town and think its his best film to date. Live by Night sort of came out of nowhere but I'm always down for Prohibition era crime films. The film seemed to get lukewarm reviews but there was no way I wasn't going to see this for myself. Overall, I'd say I enjoyed it and its better than what other critics are saying.The film is set in Boston and then Tampa and is the story of the son of a police captain, who becomes a bootlegger and gangster. <more>
Be forewarned that there isn't much that separates this from gangster films we've seen before, however Affleck knows what he's doing and I think he does it well. The thing that pops out to me is the dialogue. Its quite clever and witty. There's funny moments and the film isn't always super serious, which is refreshing. Not everything in the script has to be explained as the viewers are expected to follow the message. The suits, cars, glamour, of the 20s and 30s is captured quite well not that I lived in that era to really know if it was accurate . Some of the dialogue was hard to hear in theaters the accents probably contributed to this . I think this film will one day warrant a second view anyways.While I really enjoyed the film, it isn't without faults. It really depends on whether you can forgive the film for that or really see it as a detriment. Some of the characters felt loose and suddenly disappear. This includes Siena Miller, Elle Fanning and Brendan Gleeson. Fates of characters are explained and such but they feel unfulfilled. I thought Fanning's character was just becoming great, but as I said unfulfilled. Miller's character arc was just so odd as well maybe rushed to fit the story . Well, at least my boy Miguel was in this. The film seems to want to tackle a few foes/events in different parts of the film and doesn't always do it seamlessly, which makes the film seem unfocused. The events of the third act felt rushed together just to come to a resolution. Without going into spoiling there's a head scratching moment near the end that seemed out of left field. I didn't have too many problems with all this and maybe its because I'm partial to Affleck and gangster films.I enjoyed the car chase and gun battles. I think the comic element of the film kind of swept into the action scenes which made it enjoyable. I liked that the film takes place in Tampa and mixes with the Black and Cuban community as well. Its nice to see a sort of different locality in a gangster film. I'm sure there's much more I want to ramble about but nothings coming to me. Overall, this probably won't be something that'll be a the top of year end lists but its thoroughly enjoyable even through its flaws. Its not Affleck's best but I applaud him for directing and writing films in a time where he's busy being in blockbusters.8/10
I went to the theater to watch a Gangster/Mafia movie, and I got one. Mafia movies are by far my favorite type of movie. Live by Night delivered that 1920's gangster look. Ben Affleck does an amazing Irish Mafia member persona. The story was very moving and the characters were likable. There was just enough action in the movie. The tommy gun fight scenes felt like a real 1920's gang shoot out. Live by Night shows a true gangster movie look. Most Mafia movies rely on the story to make their movie good. Live by Night uses action and an amazing story. I had a little trouble with keeping <more>
up with the names of the characters but later on I started memorizing their names. Defiantly go see this movie if your a gangster/mafia movie fan. Live by Night will not disappoint you.
I don't know understand what people didn't understand. (by agrawalabhilash)
The movie was very fine. It can easily be considered as one of the best gangster movies we came across this year. As a viewer I was able to see the amount of hard work the team had put on. The movie was very refreshing. The screenplay was awesome so was Cinematography & Direction. Actors also joined hands and it was looking in the screen. I could feel it. This movie was as realistic as it could get. Maybe some people didn't understood. Not everything needs to be understood by everyone anyway. It's a must watch movie. And if you like crime Genre then you cannot miss this one. This <more>
movie is full of aesthetics and entertainment. It'll grip you to your seats. Just ignore the negativity & don't miss this one. It'll leave an impact on you. And you'll surely feel refreshed.