Ben Affleck recently celebrated his birthday, and while everything Ben Affleck these days is related to him being Batman, I thought it'd be fun to take a look at Ben Affleck, the director. With only three directorial efforts, he's proven himself to be among the most talented directors in the industry. In my opinion, all three of his films are great. I much enjoyed and appreciated each of them and was quite surprised by how difficult it was to make up my mind on which one's the best, since they're all so darn good! Without further ado, lets take a look:
3) The Town
Smart, well written and consistently engaging, The Town is a great film. It also boasts of some phenomenal performances by Ben Affleck himself and Jeremy Renner. The film never gets boring and never seems to drag, which is quite the accomplishment for a movie running two and a half hours. As his second directorial outing, The Town was really the film that established Ben Affleck as an A list director. It also proved that he wasn't a one hit wonder and was actually a force to be reckoned with. The film was a critical and commercial success and is widely regarded as one of the better crime oriented thrillers of the last few years. This film would be high up on any other list, but Ben Affleck followed it up with....
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this film? Striking the perfect balance between being educational and entertaining, Argo proved to be an incredible film. It also marked the one time I wholeheartedly agreed with the Academy's "Best Picture" decision. Why Ben Affleck didn't receive a best director nomination for this will always be a mystery. He anchors the movie with a strong central performance and is surrounded by solid supporting acts. The film moves at a quick pace, is sharply written and edited and has one of the most nail biting climaxes of recent memory. Beautifully shot and scored, films like Argo don't come around often. However, despite how much I love the film, I still think its inferior to....
1) Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck's directorial debut. Gone Baby Gone went under the radar taking in only $20 million at the domestic box office, but this is by all measures an exceptional film. It also happens to be the only film that Ben Affleck has directed and not starred in, letting his younger brother, Casey Affleck steal the spotlight. Casey, along with the entire supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman, does a splendid job. The film is suspenseful and unpredictable and has you on the edge of your seat guessing what's going to happen next till the very end. Its bleak atmospherics and haunting score perfectly complement the proceedings and it really tests your moral compass leaving you debating what you would have done in a similar situation as the protagonist. This is one of the films I've recommended countless times to many friends and never has anyone been disappointed. In my opinion, despite his great follow ups, Ben Affleck's directorial debut is his absolute best effort.
And that is why I'm excited by the prospect of Ben Affleck one day directing a Batman film. With his stellar track record, I'm sure he'd do it justice. A Happy Birthday to him and hope his streak of awesomeness continues!
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