With a few weeks out in theaters under its belt, it took a total of three for Argo to finally rise to the box office following its release. The Ben Affleck directed tale of how a CIA agent teams with filmmakers to stage the production of a movie in order to save six captees in Iraq.
Sound dramatic enough? Well the direction done and the executed intensity throughout many scenes only adds to Affleck’s growing repuation as a much better director than he is actor (even though he does do a fine job in Argo). After the critical success of Gone Baby Gone and even more so, The Town, Argo will easily make up for the award snubs Affleck recieved in the past.
Despite the fact that there isn’t a distinct acting performance deserving of the award, except for the more than likely to be nominated Alan Arkin (see where I rank him and why in my first Take on the 2013 Oscar Lineup), Argo works as a cast instead of individuals. The chemistry held by the fugitives and the humor that evokes from them, and even Arkin and John Goodman’s character, is welcomed and surprisingly suiting for such a serious drama.
That is all thanks to great writing and directing. Without it, the intensity that balances with that humor and seriousness wouldn’t be as successful as it felt.
Be sure to catch this wartime drama before the big Oscar night, because it is bound to grab some serious attention just like it has for the Golden Globes and SAGS. A-