Sound Off: Ben Affleck's True Story Thriller 'Argo' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
October 12, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? In 1979, during the Iranian Revolution, Islamic militants take over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and hold 52 Americans hostage. Six escaped and hide in the Canadian ambassador's home. This is the story of how they got home. Actor-turned-filmmaker Ben Affleck brings this riveting, intense thriller of a story to life on the big screen in Argo, starring an ensemble cast including Affleck, with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy and Clea DuVall. How is it? This year's top Oscar contender or not? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Argo.
To fuel the fire, I first saw Argo at the Telluride Film Festival (our video blog) and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a damn good movie, that's for sure, but not really my favorite of the year as it hasn't grown on me much since. It is very thrilling, and quite humorous (thanks to Alan Arkin and John Goodman in two of the stand out roles), up to the point where I was gripping my seat and sweating to see if they make it out (even though we already know the outcome). I fully believe that Ben Affleck is a better—or more consistent—director than he is actor, and it shows here, as his direction is what makes this so damn good and so damn entertaining from start to finish. Excellent work all-around, from cast and crew, just a great movie. Argo f**k yourselves!
What did you think of Ben Affleck's Argo? Engaging, enjoyable thriller or a contrived bore? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!