Argo totally lived up to my expectations. I anticipated an intelligent screenplay brought to life via a very 1970s cinematography with plenty aerial views, street scenes and closeups.
Ben Affleck did an incredible job. As a director he managed to deliver a very sensitive story without making any accusations or stirring the pot. I especially liked the comparison between movie scenes and actual photographs at the end. I believe he wanted to assert the point that he was not exaggerating, merely jotting things down for history. I knew this story, because I had seen a documentary years ago on National Geographic Channel. However, even though I was familiar with the ending, I spent the last half an hour sitting at the edge of my seat. The suspense was really built up to the extreme and I would love to hear how those of you who didn’t know the story reacted during the incredibly tense scenes at airport.
His acting was characteristically well, even if his character reminded me quite a bit of of George Clooney in Syriana. This is especially interesting in lieu of the fact that Affleck and Clooney are producers of Argo.
It surprised me, though that Ben Affleck’s name isn’t on the Best Directing list, especially because David O. Russell’s name (director of Silver Linings Playbook) is up in that category. Usually Hollywood loves to honour actors turned directors, so what do you think happened this time?