A heartbreaking story of a broken man who inherits his nephew after his brother’s death.
Cleverly written to gradually reveal what has happened to Affleck’s character to turn make him so self destructive and unwilling to take on a teenage boy.
His backstory is heartbreaking and his fear of being responsible for a child is palpable.
For me, this was a very heartfelt and moving film, albeit there was way too much swearing and it was way too long. It also ended too abruptly, leaving things unresolved, which is a big no-no.
As a writer, this film brought home the need to finish a story adequately (Passengers was another film which didn’t finish properly – it was rushed) and to ensure the story has pace, to stop readers getting bored!