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Sunday, February 24, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: ARGO




When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Director: Ben Affleck

Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Taylor Schilling.

Release Date: Oct 12, 2012

Rated R for language and some violent images

Runtime: 2 hr. 0 min.

Genres: Drama, Suspense/Thriller

Review:

Argo is a wonderfully crafted film. The fact that Ben Affleck did not get an Oscar nomination for work behind the camera is nearly criminal. His skill is readily on display throughout culminating with a tension filled 30 minute climax. The film itself is easily accessible and immediately engaging, an impressive feat considering the subject matter. Affleck onscreen delivers an understated and subtle performance as Mendez. He gets plenty of help from some excellent supporting players. Alan Arkin chews up the scenery with gleeful delight. He and John Goodman make for an impressive team leaving you wishing there was more of them in the film. It’s always good to see Bryan Cranston get good film roles and here he’s given a nice part that lets him flex his acting chops. Argo is one of those films you know the ending to already but it doesn’t detract from the experience in the slightest.

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8 comments:

  1. Agree with you. Argo is a very well made movie.

    It thoroughly deserved its Best Picture Oscar.

    B2B.

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    1. Very well deserved in a year with plenty of strong films.

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  2. Looking forward to watching this. After all the awards it received, I too was surprised that Affleck was snubbed from Best Director. Thank you for following my blog, I am following yours now. Great to see another film reviewer on blogger.

    -James

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    1. I thought I'd be letdown after all the hype but it's really well done all around. No problem James, love finding great movie blogs! Thank you for reading mine.

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  3. You know you are watching a great film when an unanswered ringing phone becomes ridiculously stressful!

    Agree with everything you say - loved it!

    K :-)

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    1. I know, I really didn't expect to like it as much as I did but it was just so well done!

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