Saturday, January 12, 2013

Argo Review

I go back and forth a lot with Ben Affleck (the director and star of Argo), sometimes I love his work and sometimes a really don't.

The premise of Argo is that the US Embassy in Iran is taken over by rebels, but 6 out of 66 people escape to the Ambassidor of Canada's home. This ended up putting the 6 in more danger because if the Iranian's found out, they would not even capture the 6, they would simply kill on site. The other 60 were being tortured and held for ransom, but they still had their lives and were technically safe. This is where Ben Affleck's character comes in - he specializes in sneaking into countries and getting people out. So, he hatches an idea to do so and proceeds to set that idea in motion.

Overall the best thing I found about the movie was that the tension slowly builds to the heart wrenching climax, very much like the movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The acting was top notch, with a cast that really can't be matched. With Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), John Goodman (Big Lebowski), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Titus Welliver (who played the man in black in Lost). So many familiar faces filled the cast that you are bound to say "oh hey it's that guy!" at some point.

Really the one thing I would have to complain about would be Ben Affleck's acting. As much as I like how he directs, he just doesn't have a wide array of emotions and acting choices. I think he's realized this and this is why he plays such straight, cool guy roles. It just somewhat takes away from knowing that he could have gotten almost any actor he wanted to play the part.

Overall, Argo was a great movie, worthy of the nominations its received.

So there you have it, a short but sweet review on Argo.
If you think this is a movie you would like check it out, then drop a comment.