Every actor brings something slightly different to the table, they all perform together in perfect harmony, projecting a convincing group dynamic that serves Mike Leigh's focus on character.
The Kids Are All Right:
All five principles give outstanding performances which add up to a whole that is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Interaction between the characters feels genuine and relatable.
The Social Network:
The cast is tops across the board. Everyone knows their character and, more importantly, how to flesh it out through Aaron Sorkin's daunting dialogue; No one is just speaking the words.
Perhaps Ben Affleck's most noticeable directorial flourish is constituted by the infallible performances he got out of his cast. Nobody hits a false note. Even those with very little screen time are memorable.
The Way Back:
The strength of this movie is the quiet observation of an evolving band of brothers. No one actor tries to steal the show with unneeded pizazz. Every one of them is supporting the rest.
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