The Town: Boston accents and Oscar-worthy acting

The post won’t be written with a Boston accent, but feel free to read it that way, if you like.

On Friday night I went with the girlfriend to watch The Town, starring and directed by Ben Affleck. I saw the preview for it during another film a little while back, and was pretty amped to see it from the get-go. I’m not the biggest fan of Ben Affleck, but I do enjoy the New England crime movie genre that’s become popular over the last few years.

Going into the movie I was expecting a great performance from Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, and while I wasn’t necessarily disappointed, he was basically Don Draper as an FBI agaent – so, not much range there. The performances from Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), however, stole the spotlight. After his performance in The Hurt Locker, I expected Renner to do well, but for Lively I wasn’t expecting much. When she was on the screen, playing a Oxycontin addict with a child, sporting the famous accent, I wasn’t thinking of her rich-girl character Serena from Gossip Girl. I’d say Lively and Renner deserve nominations for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and whatever other award shows there are.

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As for the movie itself, it had pretty much everything you could ask for. There was obviously a lot of drama and suspense, but it also had a great character-driven plot and even some funny moments during times you wouldn’t think they’d pop up (if you’ve seen it you’ll know the one scene that made everyone laugh). If you’re a fan of the genre I highly recommend you checking The Town out; you won’t be disappointed – I give it a 4/5. Another great review I happened upon was from Two Blondes Walk into a Blog. It’s worth checking out to get their perspective.

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