Argo is a rollicking yarn, easily the most cohesive and technically accomplished of Affleck's three films so far, but a part of me wishes the director hadn't cast himself in the lead role.
It is time people stop underrating Affleck as an actor and comparing his acting to his direction.
Oct 15 - 09:34 AM
Agree completely. He's proven himself a great director, but maybe he shouldn't cast himself in the lead of every movie he directs. While he did a good job in Argo, I think there are other actors who could have been better in the role.
Oct 15 - 11:15 AM
I must have forgotten where he cast himself in the key role in Gone Baby Gone.
Oct 18 - 03:29 PM
"every movie" wasn't accurate, but 67% (not including the two shorts) is still a good amount. Okay, it's only 2/3. But it's still 67%. So "every movie" is more accurate than less accurate.
Oct 30 - 06:58 PM
You seen one car chasing the airplane on the runway as it takes off, you've seen them all. As a critic I thought you are suppose to study the facts of the real story. I understand you need alittle suspense to add when there really wasn't any, but the old stand by car chasing the plane scene, Really . That whole scene at the airport ruined what was a really good movie to this point.
Oct 18 - 07:53 PM
Foolish. Affleck did an incredible job at making me doubt if they were going to make it out when we all know that they did. If that scene didn't have you on the edge of your seat, then you sir have become so invested as a critic that you try and point out flaws instead of just enjoying an incredible movie. If a movie ends up being bad, you don't need to focus on it. You'll know at the end if it was bad or not. And this was amazing. Channel your inner child again sir and enjoy a f***ing movie rather than become a drone.
Oct 20 - 11:05 PM
Or maybe Mike isn't too invested as a critic, maybe you're too complacent of a viewer? Why should that scene have me on the edge of my seat? I know they escape, and this is how they escape. There's tension in the office off the gate because, while we know they're going to escape from the office and get on the plane, we don't know HOW. But when the bad guys are chasing the plane, the good guys are already on the stupid plane. The bad guys are just chasing them, not even firing their guns, just driving fast and the camera is cutting a lot. There would have been way more tension had the bad guys gotten the tower to ground the plane. Then you're like "Oh whoa, what's going to happen???" But the act of the bad guys chasing the plane.....when you're expecting the good guys to escape...I don't see how you're on the edge of your seat? The plane takes off. OH BOY. So intense... I think what Mike is saying is that he's watched a lot of movies and has seen this enough times that it lacks power.
It's like...the first time you have Mexican food and you're like "HOLY COW MEXICAN FOOD IS GREAT!" And then you eat at another Mexican place. Then another and another and another. You can find ones that are really good, but it's less exciting over time, right? Where someone who has Mexican food less may get more of a kick out of it.
Oct 30 - 07:10 PM
I agree. But the "last-second-escape" is what Hollywood believes every movie must have and what most audiences want. So there you go.
Nov 2 - 12:13 PM
So foolish of you to say this. Affleck did a fantastic job. Ben met the real guy and noticed that he was someone who would go unnoticed, a casual guy who was very good at his job. Affleck did exactly this. How he portrayed his character may seem just all right, but if you were really watching, he did amazing and was one to connect to and thoroughly enjoy. Maybe you should Argo f*** yourself and watch the movie again.
Oct 20 - 11:02 PM
I totally agree. I loved the movie but just felt another actor could have done a better job in the lead role. Someone who could have conveyed emotion in a subtle yet controlled fashion. Leonardo came to mind. Actually, Heath Ledger would have been perfect.
Oct 22 - 11:00 PM
I mean the performance wasn't meant to be best actor material or anything. It was controlled because the movie wasn't about the character. It was a good performance by serving the movie.
Oct 28 - 05:38 AM
Affleck is a terrible fucken actor, what did he do that any pedestrain on the street couldn't do. His performance was stale and left without purpose, he played Ben Affleck like most lazy actors do today. Nothing great and his Directing was just as unsatisfying.
Nov 4 - 08:21 PM
As purely a viewer.. everyone in my group loved that scene and was definitely the most intense of the whole movie. Agree 100% with Kyle, Affleck killed it on this one.
Nov 5 - 11:00 AM
As purely a viewer.. everyone in my group loved that scene and was definitely the most intense of the whole movie. Agree 100% with Kyle, Affleck killed it on this one. The box office agrees
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