It took literally months, but I finally saw Argo. Ben Affleck has now scored wins from the Director’s Guild, the Screen Actor’s Guild and the Producer’s Guild, meaning that it’s the one film riding momentum heading into the Oscars. Of course, a lot of noise is being made about how he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, which I still think is a big deal.
I’m not doing a full review but here are some quick thoughts:
- How great is that opening? The storming of the embassy is a master stroke…quite possibly the best part of the movie.
- Affleck may have gotten robbed, but Bryan Cranston was robbed of a Best Supporting Actor nod. I know people love Alan Arkin (he got the best lines), but Cranston was amazing as Affleck’s superior.
- Great soundtrack.
- I have to say, it was really cool to see that old ’70s Warner logo on the big screen.
- The last twenty minutes were exhilarating. This movie is book-ended by two great sequences.
See this movie in theaters while you can. It comes out on Blu-ray the Tuesday before the Oscars, but this begs to be seen on the big screen. As for whether or not this movie deserves to win Best Picture … I’m still rooting for either Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook.