Ben Affleck’s Live by Night feeds into the deficit of old-fashioned gangster films in the modern day, yet contributes to the ever-growing pile of forgettable endeavors of the genre that we’ve been burdened with for long enough. Combining the visual dazzle of The Great Gatsby but mixing in the flaccid and frantic narrative of Gangster Squad, Live by Night struggles to outplay its lavish costume design and become a succinct and engaging story.
The week of April 15, 2013 was one of the most devastating weeks not only for Boston, but America in general. I distinctly remember it; it happened with the Boston Marathon bombing that Monday, followed by the explosion of a fertilizer plant explosion in Waco, Texas two days later, and an entire week’s rainfall in the Midwest, where I reside, was met with catastrophic flooding. America was in shambles and the only moment of solace was a city’s unity following untold calamity that left six dead and nearly three-hundred injured.