The first trailer for Live by Night was good, but it didn't sell the film quite like this one. This is an excellent trailer, as it perfectly highlights the violence, the beauty, and even the dark humor of the film (I laughed out loud at Elle Fanning's "We're all going to hell," line). Affleck proved his directorial chops with Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo, improving each and every time. With Live by Night, Affleck has the chance to firmly establish himself as a master, a filmmaker who deserves our attention whenever he steps behind the camera. Dennis Lehane's book is a gripping read, a crime epic that is very difficult to put down. It is also a sprawling novel, filled with a daunting amount of characters and told on a massive scale. It's an inherently cinematic novel, but it's still challenging. If Affleck manages to pull this off and deliver the gangster masterpiece that I'm firmly expecting, it will be a true feat. Judging by this trailer, he's on the right track. There are some downright jaw-dropping shots in this trailer, which makes a point to highlight Robert Richardson's gorgeous-looking cinematography. I simply can't wait to unpack Live by Night for myself, which looks like a violent, decadent, and downright fascinating crime film. I'm ready for Affleck to knock this one out of the park.
Live by Night will debut in limited release on Christmas Day before opening in wide release on January 13.
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