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Posted by jesskroll on December 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Argo, 2012

4 /5


With three films, ranging from excellent to decent, Affleck has truly found his place as a reliable, workman-like director. His third effort, Argo, is very good in almost every respect, without being particularly great in any of them. The result is an immensely enjoyable, fast-paced, suspenseful yet amusing thriller that is highly entertaining to watch but doesn’t linger in memory - precisely the type of film Oscar voters love, complete with the lonely hero missing his son and plenty of self-important Hollywood insider material.While the opening and closing sequences, and a few between, are excellently built, tense but never in question, the movie crew angle adds a welcome balance of fun, particularly through Arkin and Goodman’s supporting performances. In fact the only questionable choice is Affleck as star. Nonetheless Argo is such a success that it makes a compelling argument for Affleck to remain behind the camera rather than in front of it.


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