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!