This looks really good. Not sure if Ben Affleck does, though.
His first film behind the camera since his Best Picture winning Argo, Affleck gets back into the multi-hyphenate chair as actor / writer / producer / director with Live By Night, a 1920s Prohibition era crime drama based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. (Affleck’s directorial debut, 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, was also a Lehane bestseller.)
By the looks of it, I’m more intrigued by what Affleck’s doing as a director than as an actor. His performances can be hit-or-miss, and when they miss they feel too affected, not authentic. That’s the vibe I’m getting here (and the cosmetic work he had prior to filming doesn’t help), but that impression could definitely improve within the context of the full final film.
Conversely, I’m already excited to see the performances of the three main actresses – Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, and Zoe Saldana. I’m a fan of all three, and this genre piece could give each of them opportunities to shine.
Live By Night opens nationwide on January 13, 2017, following brief Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA at the end of 2016.