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Live By Night

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13 Jan, 2017 2 hrs 08 mins A
Scott Eastwood, Zoe Saldana, Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper
Scott Eastwood, Zoe Saldana, Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper
Ben Affleck
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3.1
Synopsis
Live by Night is not an out-and-out gangster film. If you don't go in expecting the same, you'll enjoy watching it.
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  • Times of India
  • Mumbai Mirror
Live by Night Story:
Set in the late 1920s America, during the Prohibition era, Live by Night is a cinematic adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s crime novel that chronicles the life of Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), son of a police chief; his tryst with the underworld and quest for self…​

Live by Night Review:
Ben Affleck directs and acts in this one and though it may not be in the same league as The Godfather, his film doesn’t fail to arrest your attention. While one might assume it solely revolves around gang wars, rivalry, deceit and murders, you’ll be glad to discover that love, friendship and redemption are an integral part of the film as well. If you are open to watching introspective crime dramas that double up as life lessons and a path to mull over the choices we make, you’ll love this one.

It’s also fascinating to see Affleck’s choice of roles of late. He doesn’t pick the heroic parts but opts for the reticent ones that conceal his inner turmoil. Be it in The Accountant or this film. While his stoic execution may seem dull for some, if you are not in it for the ‘drama’, you’ll prefer it instead.

The film has its issues though. For instance, the story lacks urgency and occasionally wanders around aimlessly. Luckily, that seems to be intentional as the impact lingers on for much longer. A talented cast helps as well. Affleck is ably supported by Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning and Chris Cooper.

The cinematography and art direction deserve a special mention. The bygone era has been recreated well. The vibrant Cuban culture and picturesque locales make for great visuals.

Live by Night is not an out-and-out gangster film. If you don't go in expecting the same, you'll enjoy watching it.
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