Wow, I am really not good at posting every day, but hopefully this post will be the start of a new trend! Anyway, here we go:
Argo, produced and directed by Ben Affleck, is the greatest movie I’ve ever seen in my life.* If I never see another movie, I’ll be okay because I saw Argo. Everything about it is completely amazing. It’s good I have an established outline for movie reviews or I think I’d probably just ramble on for 500 words about how this movie is everything a movie should be and how everyone needs to see this movie and how it’s going to win the Oscar for Best Picture…am I rambling? I feel like I’m rambling. Okay, rambling out, established outline for movie reviews in:
1) What I expected from this movie versus what I got.
I saw the trailer for Argo some time in July and I thought it looked really interesting. The trailer obviously helped a lot with that (BTW, thanks, Warner Brothers, for posting this publicly on YouTube so I can show it here! :))
How can you not love the best scenes from the movie superimposed with Aerosmith’s hit, Dream On, in the background?
Sometimes trailers hype up a movie so much that the movie itself is disappointing. This is not the case with Argo. I recognised several scenes from the trailer (including the shot of John Goodman near the end of the trailer which showed up at a surprising time in the movie). However, this didn’t take away from the suspense. Everything in the movie is exciting; all events and characters have a purpose. There was never a time where I was taken out of the movie due to something that didn’t seem to fit. Everything in the movie worked. This is likely due in part to the events of the movie being real, but is also due to Ben Affleck’s talents as a director.
2) What I liked about the movie versus what I didn’t like.
What I liked:
The Acting. As I said, everyone was necessary to the story. No one was the “comic relief”*. The main characters, especially Alan Arkin and John Goodman, had some funny lines, but all lines help to propel the story forward, speaking of the story…
I liked the story. It made me feel really proud to be a Canadian and to be thought of as amazing by everyone world-wide, simply because of my nationality. We Canadians are awesome. We’re peaceful, kind, charming and just all around fantastic people. Sometimes if I’m having a bad day I forget about my natural awesomeness by virtue of being Canadian, so I’d like to thank Ben Affleck, for reminding me!
I mostly liked how the movie handled the political events surrounding the revolution. It was fairly unbiased. That being said…
What I didn’t like:
I understand that, for whatever reason, telling the truth about the Middle East is controversial. However, people should do their own research about the Iranian revolution. When they do, they’ll discover that the Shah, who was placed in power by America and the UK, was actually the son of the previous Shah and would have been placed in charge eventually as Iran was a monarchy at that point.
Also, Iran was becoming civilised before the revolution. It definitely isn’t America’s fault that Iran is the way it is today; had Iran continued on the way that America hoped it would, it would be thriving right now.
3) The movie’s “Hot Guy” quotient.
This doesn’t really apply to ARGO because it is the first movie I’ve seen in a long time that didn’t need a hot guy to make up for part of the movie. Ben Affleck is good-looking, but even if he wasn’t, the movie wouldn’t have suffered.
So, my immediate reaction to Argo is that it’s incredible! Everyone should go see it and it’ll definitely be nominated for best picture at the Oscars!
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- Review Roundup- Ben Affleck’s Argo, Hit or Miss? (contactmusic.com)
- Movie Review: Argo (therepublika.com)
- Ben Affleck: I didn’t want Argo to be politicised (standard.co.uk)
- ‘Argo’ review: Iran hostage escape tale (newsday.com)
- Iran sees conspiracy in box office success of Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ (+video) (csmonitor.com)
- Review: Argo (thefocusedfilmographer.com)
- Review: Argo takes liberties with Canadian history, but it’s a great ride – Calgary Herald (calgaryherald.com)
- Twitter Q&A: Ask Ben Affleck About ‘Argo’ (uberinterest.wordpress.com)
- Brian’s ‘Argo’ Review (screenphiles.com)