Friday, September 24, 2010

The Town: Mad Men on the big screen

Ben Affleck is Doug MacRay, bank robber par excellence.
Jon Hamm is Agent Frawley, dogged F.B.I. guy.
The two should be formidable opponents in this gritty movie set in lawless Charlestown, Mass. They are not and the question is why.
Is it because Affleck, who is also director and co-writer, was determined not to be outshone by current heartthrob Hamm, star of T.V.'s Mad Men?
Or was it Hamm, who wasn't up for a juicier part?
The Movie Slut suspects the first explanation, since we don't learn anything about Agent Frawley that would turn him into a three-dimensional character.
Still "The Town" is a fine flick with pumping performances by Jeremy Renner of "Hurt Locker" fame and Rebecca Hall as the love interest. It's just that it could have been so much better.

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