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Eric Melin’s Guileless “Furnace” Is a Breath of Fresh Air

In response to Eric Melin’s 311‑word review of Out of the Furnace on

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Eric Melin is as plainspoken as they come. At first, this makes his reviews feel overly simplistic, like they’re straight out of the “Movie Minute” on a local affiliate newscast (which is particularly fitting, because Melin does do his version of the “Movie Minute” for the local affiliate newscast—the video often accompanies his reviews).

But, out of this plainspokenness, a surprising amount of depth emerges and Melin is able to convey fairly complex critiques without getting muddled, a feat that’s vastly harder than it looks.

Melin’s the everyman critic; he lacks the guile for any pretension and “SOLID ACTING CAN’T SAVE ‘OUT OF THE FURNACE’” is all the better for it. There’s no forced attempt to sound critic-y and he doesn’t seem concerned with delivering the flowery or snark filled prose that most critics are falling all over themselves to achieve.  

The critiques are spot-on: Casey Affleck and Christian Bale bring “much-needed color to the well-worn clichés,” but director Scott Cooper “musters zero surprises in a script that takes too long establishing a tired premise and plays it out in grimy, dull fashion.”

For an honest, straightforward review that’s refreshingly devoid of the typical critic-speak, look no further than Melin’s Out of the Furnace.    

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