This is one helluva frustrating film.
On one hand its very competently made with great performances and rich production design, but all of that was hampered for me due to the decision to split the original book into two films. Sure, the book was extremely episodic and it couldn't all fit into a single film if you wanted to be absolutely slavish to every beat-by-beat plotpoint BUT that's what adaptation is for! There's really no reason why the contents of…
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.
Full disclosure: Jon Stewart is one of my idols and I'm naturally favored to enjoy anything he has his hand on. His brilliant work on The Daily Show for the past 15 years cannot be understated as he has regularly been more on-point about national and world affairs than most members of the "official" news media. So when I heard he would be writing and directing his first feature film, how could I not be excited?
It was only when…