|Lookit those eyes! Isn't Affleck saying, "c'mon America, give me another chance!"?|
Argo is a great movie. It's suspenseful, funny, terrifying and fun. I think a lot of people are still skeptical Affleck can make/appear in something good, but he pulled it off this time.
What you'll notice first is that this is a beautiful period piece. It lives and breathes 1980's. Everything is perfect from the cars, to the clothing, to the haircuts, to the smoking, to the TV footage. It's hard to tell what's recreated TV footage and what's straight taken from 70's broadcasts. The haircuts and mustaches alone are worth seeing!
|This guy's haircut and mustache is the best.|
The pacing is perfect, there's never a dull moment. You're either laughing or you're leaning on the edge of your seat. They really do a killer job pushing all the buttons to make you wonder if and how they'll all get through this. And this is a film about a real life event we already know the outcome of going in! This is also probably the first movie that uses resolution like it's supposed to. Most movies either overuse it to stuff in any exposition they didn't fit in before the climax, or else completely glaze over it and end the movie right after the last explosion. Here, I really love how after the tense roller coaster ride they give you a few minutes to sit back and enjoy the characters celebrating. It's nice to catch your breath before the credits roll.
|Alan Arkin is a national treasure.|
I should also mention this movie has great style. the opening credits are straight storyboards, and the closing credits have pictures of the actual people matched with actors from the movie. And the music, like the rest of the movie, is perfect period music, along with being catchy as hell.
|I really like Clea DuVall in most of the things she's in. She's also in American Horror Story Asylum!|
Argo is a suspenseful, terrifying spy thriller that won't let you go until the very end. It's funny when it wants to be and serious where it counts. I can't recommend seeing this enough.
THE GOOD: Great cast and great acting, perfect period piece, suspensful, terrifying and funny.
THE BAD: Uhhh, Jack Kirby wasn't mentioned?
THE VERDICT: $$$$ Definitely see it! It's a great movie that's a blast to watch.
MOVIES LIKE IT: Munic, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Debt
ONE-SCENE METAPHOR: The opening scene in which the Embassy is stormed. It's simply terrifying that these are real people, that people would go to these lengths, that you'd be trapped in a situation like this. The zombie apocalypse suddenly doesn't sound so scary.