Friday, 11 January 2013

Promised Land

Good Will Hunting, one of my all-time favourite films, was directed by Gus Van Sant and was written by the featured actors, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. This time, again under Van Sant, Matt Damon teams up with co-star and co-writer John Krasinski to tell a story about how big corporations will go to any lengths to make their millions, including lying to entire towns about the risks of obtaining natural gas from their land. 

Promised Land could have been a better film, but the supposedly cheesy ending is not one of its flaws (at least not for me). It’s a well-made understated film with a good message that should have been fleshed out more. It won’t make my top ten of the year, but what can I say: I like Matt Damon both as actor and writer. Promised Land gets ***+. My mug is up. 

1 comment:

  1. Quite a good film and could have been even better with a bit more care for details. Hard to forgive the impression they gave of Damon's character nearlynsetting up the town fair on his own - how stupid was that? *** and a grudging + for the sake of Hal Holbrook (wonderful character - though another of the careless mistakes was this retired Boeing engineer with supposed financial farm troubles)