I kinda feel like a terrible person for not being as into this movie as the awards season hype led me to expect. I thought Casey Affleck was tremendous and the supporting cast is top notch in every role, but I just never got sucked in enough to really go along with the sometimes painfully depressing storyline.
It's really well done in almost every regard but its just one of those flicks that's hard for me to get excited about. :-/
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.