Friday, December 07, 2007
A Great Film
In Ben Affleck's impressive directorial debut, we are presented a stark vision of the plight of the urban underclass. We see the ravages of the drug culture and are brought to feel keen frustration with the misery that too often results from the natural course of events. Adapted from Dennis Lehane's bestselling novel, Gone Baby Gone is probably the best film I've seen all year. Affleck masterfully brings us step by step to a carefully framed moral dilemma that compels us to render judgment. While I disagree with Patrick Kenzie's (the main character played by Casey Affleck) ultimate decision, I respect it. Kenzie shows willingness to live with the consequences of his decision. Gone Baby Gone achieves what the medium at its best should do: it arouses moral indignation about real problems and contributes to the cultural discussion.