Rapid Review: Gone Baby Gone (2007)

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“Kids forgive, they don’t judge, they turn the other cheek, and what do they get for it?”
 – Detective Remy Bressant

SYNOPSIS: Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl’s kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7I recall enjoying this movie quite a bit when it came out a few years ago, and then I read the book by Dennis Lehane and I freaking loved that, though it certainly wasn’t an easy read at all. Naturally I stumbled across this movie and thought now would be a good time to watch it again, and let me tell you, it lost a lot of the magic for me. Not because it wasn’t done well or anything, it just missed a lot of the things that made the book so great. Ben Affleck did a damn fine job directing this, and I think he has some real talent as a director. Casey Aflleck was very good here, though not quite what I pictured Patrick Kenzie to be. While I find that Michelle Monaghan is one of the most beautiful women ever, I honestly think she was a terrible Angie. Why? Angie is this sexy, loud, in-your-face, smart-as-a-whip cussing part-Italian with ties to the Boston mob… and Monaghan was just a little too timid, quiet and mousy for me, which really sucked. Also, Bressant and Poole were underplayed, and I felt the story was far too rushed, skipping out completely on the things that actually gave you chills, and didn’t spend time building on anything. For instance, there is the scene in the bar where it was implied that Angie and Patrick were going to get attacked and Angie raped, and that scene carried no power and no weight. I blame the writers for this, because the movie also had a ridiculously short runtime for what it needed to tell, and so a lot was cut out and discarded along the way, which is a pity. Don’t get me wrong, I know this sounds like I hated it, this is just a typical case of the book is better, infinitely so. The film is entertaining, though it certainly falls short, but it is worth a watch, if for nothing else other than seeing Ben Affleck’s impressive skills as a director.

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33 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Gone Baby Gone (2007)

  1. Tom says:

    Nice to see this reviewed! I think this is Affleck’s directorial debut, right? I need to so check it out. And then read the book, because it’s always nice having an experience elevated more rather than having it lessened. 😉

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    • Zoë says:

      That it was! LOL I agree with the order in which you wish to tackle this, it will definitely elevate the experience as oppose to lessen it that way around!

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  2. lukebbtt says:

    I love this movie! But you made the book sound so much better. I obviously only liked it, because I didn’t know what I was missing out on. I need to find time to start reading again. I might start there.

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    • Zoë says:

      You wouldn’t be wrong to start here, even if you start on this book (which is the fourth in the series), it works well as a standalone. I think you might enjoy the noir aspect of the books. Reading is glorious.

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