The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck: go see it. It’s a great movie. I give it four stars.
Set in a section of Boston that produces more bank robbers and petty criminals than just about anywhere in America, this is a dramatic thriller like nothing you’ve seen before. You’ll find yourself cheering for the “bad” guys because they’re so smart, creative, and successful at what they do. Confronted with such a tight-knit group of friends, the FBI guys are a bit on the bumbling side.
When Doug MacRay and his cohorts go on a heist they’re in disguise, wearing Halloween masks and nuns’ outfits that reach only to the waist. Below the waist, pants, but you don’t see that until they’re out on the street with their tommy guns, spraying police cars with bullets. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Well, it is. Besides all that, it’s a love story, complete with repentance and redemption.
Based on a novel called “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan, Affleck also had a hand in writing the screenplay. Is there nothing this guy can’t do?
Well, I guess I will have to see Our Town but keep in mind that I have lived here in Charlestown for over 18 years and I have not seen any bank robbers. Although I will never qualify as a Townie, I am happy to live here.
From the foot of the Bunker Hill Monument,
Barbara Tansey Bush