Ben Affleck is cool in F. Scott Fitzgerald kind of way in the adaptation of the Live by night novel of Dennis Lehane. The novel won back in 2013, the Edgar Award for the best novel of the year.
Live by Night is set in the middle of the 20s and the beginning of the 30s where alcohol still runs in flows. In this setting we have Joe Coughlin, a man desperate for money and power. He fights his decent upbringing as the son of a policeman to become a spoiled outlaw. As a rookie in the gangster-run villages, Joe faces many troubles after he steals the money and the moll of a powerful mobster. Things complicate even more when the character becomes wants more power, is betrayed and then involved in an illicit romance. The rum underworld of Tampa is boiling and Joe is in the middle of it.
The movie also features actors like Elle Fanning (Phoebe in Wonderland, Maleficent, The Neon Demon), Brendan Gleeson (In the Heart of the Sea, The Harry Potter series), Chris Messina (The Mindy Project, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Ruby Sparks), Sienna Miller (American Sniper, Foxcather, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek Beyond), and Chris Cooper (Adaptation, The Town, October Sky).
Last by Night also has big names in the production team, Leonardo DiCaprion, Jennifer Davisson (The Ivory Game, The Revenant, Red Riding Hood), Chris Brigham, Dennis Lehane and Chay Carter.
This is just four years after Affleck was nominated for the Oscar for Best Director for Argo. This year the critics believe that the actor has big changes of winning the gold statue. We wish him good luck and may the fates of all gangster dramas be with him.
The movie will premiere for a short time on December 25, and will next be available world-wide starting with January 13.