November 10, 2012
Affleck's Excellent Adventure
Writer/actor/producer/director Ben Affleck has created a first-rate political espionage thriller with Argo. Even though we know how it ends, since it's based on a true story, the artistic choices Affleck has made to get us there will have you on the edge of your seat right through the credits. (Don't miss them, by the way.) I never once thought about anything else until the lights came up.
Everything meshes beautifully here: script, editing, production design, cinematography, soundtrack (vintage 70's hits), editing and acting. (Some look-alike characters do a great job along with old pros like Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Victor Garber.) All work together seamlessly to recreate an intense and difficult time in American-Iranian relations that still resonates in 2012. That political activist George Clooney is one of the film's producers should tell you a lot about its credibility.
In summary: Argo has Oscar written all over it. See it on the big screen NOW.
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