As a Boston native, this one hits home. A phenomenal cast of actors rightfully paid homage by capturing the bravery and grit of some of the heroes who responded to this act of terror. Now, in this instance, I wouldn’t have even thought twice, but there was a surprising limit to the stereotypical accents that make me cringe whenever movies are filmed here. They do exist and I may even have one but when it sounds unnatural it’s devastating. Cahhh, Paaahk, Wicked Pisssahhhhhh, Don’t forget to use your blinkahhhhh (Guilty on the last one!)
Authenticity – Thankfully, they went for authenticity and I’m glad they did as it was a day that impacted many lives, including mine. From real footage of this year’s marathon to live scenes around the city, it was a great feeling to know they wanted to do it the Boston way. I will say this, be prepared to cry…for the entire movie. They did not hold back or sugar coat but it was important to have every raw emotion captured. You get the real feel of #BostonStrong by the end of the film. Also, there are a few cameos from people who truly represent Boston which will make you want to clap and yell (I did).
Resilience – What a great representation of kicking ass after you’ve been knocked down! I remember this firsthand. Officers were out in the face of danger. The Governor and the Mayor held numerous conferences relaying as much information as possible to the public. Media coverage didn’t sleep and kept residents informed throughout a rattling and fearful time. I remember one specific reporter who looked exhausted beyond capacity and he was posted near the massive gun fight in Watertown, MA. The hospital staff with their tremendous care worked tirelessly to mend the wounds and reunite families. I worked at MGH at the time and remember President Obama visiting victims. It was truly inspiring to see people respond with unity & love.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for casting someone from Boston!
It was heavy, gut-wrenching, with an underlying message to always keep fighting!