Directed by: Ben Affleck
Written by: Chris Terrio
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Željko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Philip Baker Hall
Is Ben Affleck a new master of suspense? I’m not heralding a second coming of Hitchcock here, but based on Argo, the moniker certainly applies for the Bostonite. Affleck shows a fantastic talent for building and maintaining tension. After Gone Baby Gone and The Town, he cements his status as one of the finest filmmakers of the new millennium.
Although I actually prefer baby brother Casey in this regard, Ben’s skills as an actor are nothing to sneer at. However, if he keeps this pace up, he’ll go down in history as a gifted writer/director who could act well, instead of the other way around.
Argo isn’t flawless. It abuses a curse “cleverly” involving the name of the movie (that gets old pretty quickly) and loses a bit of steam for a while after an explosive kickoff (literally), but with great performances across the board (Alan Arkin and John Goodman being the standouts), a great 70’s look with acute attention to detail, and a great deal of suspense that rarely lets up, this is one of the best of 2012 and another winner in Affleck’s short but very solid filmography.