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Movie Breakdown: Argo

October 9, 2012

Film

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Ben Affleck directs himself in a movie based on a CIA agent who made a fake film in order to try and save six Americans hiding in Iran.  John Goodman and Alan Arkin are around for comic relief.

The Reality:

Movies that are based on true events can go one of two ways.  Either they’re entertaining and educational, or they’re so packed with trite dramatic elements that you just sit there wondering why the film is essentially screaming “can you believe this happened?!”  Fortunately, Argo is the former.  The film starts with a cluster of information to help you understand the situation, and then from there it features a brisk pace (with blips of well placed humor) that keeps the tension high and the drama just right.  I greatly admire how Ben Affleck was able to make such a heavy movie feel so quick.  It’s a near masterful effort by him, and I think he’ll get plenty of praise when year-end lists start to pop up.  As soon as you can, get out and see Argo.

The Lesson:

It’s time for Ben Affleck to officially adopt “if you want it done right, do it yourself” as his motto.

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