10 comments on “Argo

  1. Ben Affleck was never one of my favorite actors; however, he may be in the ranks of my favorite directors with this and THE TOWN & GONE BABY GONE. ARGO was extremely well made and very suspenseful, even though the ending is already known. The editing deserves special mention, jumping back and forth between old news footage and the live action with ease and believability. Affleck deserves a lot of credit and a nomination for Best Director. I agree that something was lacking with connectivity, but it wound up being a really good, though not a great film. Unfortunately it did remind me of the idiocy of the Carter administration…we even got to hear him at the end (I say this as one who, regretfully, voted for the guy twice). Actually, hearing him was the only drawback for me in the whole film! What I’m really getting a kick out of now, though, is that, following the outrageous snub of Ben Affleck by the Academy, the film has won Best Picture in the Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes (with Best Director Awards to Affleck in both), Best Film by the Producers Guild, and Best Cast Performance by the Screen Actors Guild…take that Academy ! LOL/LMAO

  2. I did end up really liking this film; sorry you couldn’t connect with it much. I guess I see what you’re saying, but maybe just from knowing Affleck from others movies I was able to connect with him. I don’t know. I saw it awhile ago when it came out in October and I can’t wait to see it again.
    I do agree with you about Alan Arkin though. I love the guy and he’s hilarious, but he’s just doing his same old song and dance here. If there weren’t so many other awesome performances that were passed over (DiCaprio and Bardem cough cough) I wouldn’t mind so much. But oh well.
    I also really liked the editing as Ken did and that was one of my biggest takeaways from the film.
    I was really thinking this was going to win best picture back in like November because it was about Hollywood saving the day and all, but after Affleck getting snubbed I have to agree with you. I’m just not feeling it for some reason.

  3. I saw the film and reviewed it. I gave it a 4.0 out of 5. I recommended it
    The film has won a number of awards, and has been nominated all over the place. But I don’t see it as the Best Film of the Year. Yet, I would not be shocked if it won.

    Like the competiton, Argo is well made and has a lot going for it, as do Django, Les Mis, Lofe of Pi, Silver Linings, ZD30, Lincoln, and the two others. I believe that there is simply no clear favorite, and for this reason Argo could win, which if this were boxing – would be a split decision.

    But having said all that, I do agree with this review. I didn’t think this was a fist-pump kind of film. When the plane does take off, and the racing jeeps are left on the runaway, it was more of a phew – they made it, than a fist-pumping YES!!!!

    Since Lincoln, Les Mis, Django, Argo, and ZD30 are all ‘historic’, and Beasts and Life of Pi are fantasies – that leaves Silver Linings Playbook and Amour as contemporary dramatic films. I think the vote splits in the history bin – and SLP walks way with t\he O.

  4. For me Argo is a movie that could have been great, but it ended up being only good. I’ve enjoyed this movie, but the whole time I kept thinking – how am I supposed to connect with this characters? There was no background story, not much dialogue between them, just a lot of silence and a little bit of panic every now and then.

    • Shoot, I thought I commented here earlier. Must not have gone through, sorry!
      But I think we were on the same page here Chantal. A lot of silent panic creating the tension and not enough connection with the characters. Thanks for commenting!

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