By Leonid Mamchenkov
I just came back from the cinema, where I watched “Gone Baby Gone“, a movie about kidnapping, directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck, together with such well known names as Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris.
I was a bit worried that this film will be too dramatic with a lot of gory details of a kidnapping.Â Kidnapping in this case is not just of any person, but of a kid, as in a little girl.Â The film was indeed dramatic, but the kidnapping wasn’t the main part of the drama.Â It was more about right and wrong, and how difficult sometimes it is to see the right choice, not to mention, to pick it.Â A couple of times it was reaching so far that I had to ask myself which choice was the right one, and even then I had a few moments of hesitation.Â Finally though I have to agree with the choices made and reasoned for by Casey Affleck’s character.
The directing of this film is interesting, it being Ben Affleck’s debut (he did some directing before, but two movies didn’t make it to the big screen, while the other one was a short movie).Â I’d say he did pretty good.Â He needs more practice and all, but it was better than many of those seasoned directors I’ve seen.Â Two things were sticking out a tiny bit.Â First, the lack of experience in drama.Â There were a few places in the film which could have been done more dramatic.Â Heavier.Â Stronger.Â If you know what I man.Â Secondly, the film is based on a novel (read: book), and it is too obvious.Â The book seems to be good, but it wasn’t processed enough to make a movie out of it.Â This area needs a bit more work.Â But as I said, overall it was pretty good.
As a whole, I enjoyed the film, and it gave me a few things to think about.Â For that, I’ll give it a solid 7 out of 10.