Do you have a sibling? I have a sister who is three years younger than me. If I had a dollar for every time, we fought as kids I could probably have enough money to retire before the age of 30. Now as adults though, it’s like night and day. We’ve both matured and we talk like civilized humans. It’s ironic. I often wondered how celebrities do it? How they have that relationship so closely monitored as they grow their careers. The Afflecks are no exception to that rule. They both starred opposite one another in the late 90s, in a little film called, Good Will Hunting. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Anyways, big brother, Ben not only would go on to play Batman and Daredevil but also won an Oscar for his writing talents in that movie. Little was heard from little brother, Casey, for a while. Though, now times have changed and now people are starting to recognize that little brother’s name.
A few years back, he gained attention for his performance in Manchester by the Sea. Here’s to hoping that the hype will return for his newest movie, which he not only acts in but writes and directs as well. Enter Light of My Life. Light chronicles a world in which a virus has wiped out the entire female population, which in turn also wiped out children as well. Its’ within this world that a father and daughter are constantly on the run for shelter and safety. From the opening frames of this film, there is a sense of authenticity which sets the tone for the film. The chemistry between Affleck and Anna Pniowsky, who makes her film debut, is incredible. The spark between the two actors are so beautifully handled, it sets ablaze to the film’s continuous authentic tone and storytelling.
Throughout its two hour duration, largely almost all of the film focuses on both actors. It’s in the assembly of father and daughter where the heart of the film lies. What a beautiful heart this film has. The depths which Affleck goes to is astonishing. One of this year’s best performances. When that marvelous performance from Affleck is matched with innocence and raw intensity of Pniowsky audiences are treated to a powerfully raw and deeply personal cinematic experience. The narrative is intensely immersive within its delivery of character journey and growth. The slow-burn approach to the more sci-fi elements of the film’s world building craft a hurricane of pure perfection and absolutely leave audiences in awe. Light has an intelligently gorgeous nature which match its approach to storytelling. Affleck as a director is an incredible genius. The visual aesthetic alone for this film only fuel its glory.
Overall, Light of My Life, is without a doubt one of 2019’s few masterpieces of the medium. Crafting a deeply emotional journey from writer-director, Casey Affleck, Light is as visually beautiful as it is endearing. From its’ opening frames, the film continuously carries with it an authentic heart that only knows how to wear its heart on its sleeve. Every aspect of this film is utterly flawless. From the chemistry of the stars to the deeply intimate story – Light of My Life is movie-making at its’ absolute best. The delivery of the film’s mythos, sci-fi elements and world building aspects are a hurricane of absolute perfection. To say that Light of My Life is absolutely incredible would be a massive understatement.
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