Andrew's Review of Argo
Ben Affleck is quickly proving himself to be one of the best young directors working in the industry today. "Argo" is a tense, well-written, well-directed, and well-edited film about the all-too-real Iran Hostage Crisis in the late seventies/early eighties. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, the CIA operative who hatched a plan with the Canadian government to get six US diplomats out of Iran. What follows is an extremely entertaining film with the likes of John Goodman (he steals every scene he's in), Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston (Walter!). The final thirty minutes are as nail-biting as you can get; I was literally on the edge of my seat, my heart pounding as to what would happen next. It was like watching the airport interrogation scene in "Midnight Express" for thirty straight minutes. Powerful filmmaking! I really liked the look of "Argo". Affleck really went out of his way to make his picture look like straight out of the 1970's. The soundtrack was enjoyable as well. But a film like this is all about the story, and it didn't lack for one minute. I could have done without the father/son drama in Tony's subplot (especially since it didn't happen in real life; he was happily married); nevertheless, "Argo" is an entertaining piece of work.