Earlier today I watched director Ben Affleck’s The Town at the Toronto International Film Festival. As a huge fan of his debut movie, Gone Baby Gone, I had high hopes for his second feature about a group of bank robbers in Charlestown (a suburb of Boston) and the Federal agents after them. Thankfully, not only did Affleck deliver a great movie, he cemented his status as a real director that deserves your attention.
One of the many things that impressed me about his second feature is the way he built on what worked in his debut. I think we can all agree the performances in Gone Baby Gone were great, and now in The Town, he not only got the entire cast (Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper) to deliver realistic and believable performances while also directing himself on screen, he shot a few hefty action sequences which will impress you by their size and scope. While I’m not always the biggest fan of Affleck in front of the camera, I think he’s a great director and someone that I hope makes a lot more movies.
Anyway, for more on what I thought, hit the jump for a video blog I recorded with Peter from Slashfilm a few minutes after we got out of the theater.