With Argo, Ben Affleck has now established himself as one of the premiere directors in Hollywood. Argo marks the 3rd film that Affleck has directed and it every bit as good as his previous two, Gone Baby Gone and The Town respectively. Actors tend to have limited success when they take the director’s chair. Fortunately, Ben Affleck has been immune to that and had has once again directed one of the best movies of the year.
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Written by: Chris Terrio
Music by: Alexandre Desplat
“A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.” -IMDB
- Tense: From the opening scene, you can feel the intensity and threat of violence that is present at the US embassy in Tehran. Argo continues the tense drama throughout the film until the last scene. Credit Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio for creating this atmosphere.
- Alan Arkin & John Goodman: Much of the humor in the film comes from the scenes in which involve Arkin and Goodman. They play beautifully off of each other and provide numerous laugh-out loud laughs.
- Performances: There are a countless number of great faces in this movie. CinemaBlend even posted an article on Argo’s familiar faces and what films they have starred in prior. Ben Cranston gives life to what could have been a dull, stale CIA agent. Even Ben Affleck’s character, Tony Mendez, is fully committed and acted in a stoic manner.
- The last 45 minutes: The first half of the film is spent setting up the “Argo” plan and the latter half demonstrates the escape plan in action. The final chapter of Argo plays out at such a quick and dramatic pace that it will leave you squeezing your armrests, literally.
- Affleck’s Son: This is just nitpicking, but the side story with Affleck’s son in the movie was just a little distracting. Everyone who has seen the trailer knows that the CIA creates a fake sci-fi movie as a disguise to rescue the American hostages. So, why show us Affleck’s kid watching Planet of the Apes with him when the idea hit him?
Argo is a taunt thriller that is perfectly timed and filled with great performances. Affleck takes on a complex event and presents it with such vivid details and screen suspense that it will have you on the edge of your seat. We will be seeing Argo come award season. Best picture winner?