When the previews for Argo came out I was instantly hooked. And then I totally missed it. God bless the Alamo Drafthouse for bringing it back into theaters before the Oscars so I could see it. Especially since it’s slated to swoop in and win a bunch of awards.
I’ve never been crazy about Ben Affleck. I liked him enough, but didn’t give him much thought. Well, Ben, you are fully smack dab in the middle of my radar now. Yes, Mad Betty is on board. I won’t even bring up J. Lo. Except for this one time. Do you miss her, Ben?
Anyway, you might think a movie about the Iran hostage crisis is really heavy. And scary. Well, you’d be right. For most of the movie I was on the edge of my seat, heart pounding in my throat as I choked down my Asian Chicken Salad and Circle Blur. (Replace those with popcorn and soda, if you aren’t by an Alamo Drafthouse. You poor bastards.) It’s the kind of teeth-grinding tension that leaves you exhausted and sweaty, like you had been through the traumatic experiences yourself.
Here’s the trailer.
Everyone is talking about Ben Affleck’s excellent directing. His acting is an afterthought, although in truth, he carries the movie. And I’ve never seen someone rock 70s hair so well. I mean, it’s better than his normal hair.
He plays my favorite kind of hero. Smart, quiet, understated. The rest of the cast is just as exciting. Alan Arkin is always brilliant and has a real shot at the supporting actor trophy, although Christoph Waltz has my vote. John Goodman, the versatile Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, and the newly gay (yay!) Victor Garber make up just part of the cast.
While there are many small characters and many angry mob scenes, employing anyone with a SAG card, the story is quite simple. I’ve come to increasingly appreciate restraint and Argo is the perfect model. The story could have easily been bogged down with details or fluff for the Hollywood scenes, but they really kept it sharp and clean. I would say there wasn’t one extraneous moment. That alone deserves an award.
I didn’t expect to have such strong feelings for Argo, but I love, love, loved it. Go see it.