Every since I saw The Sum of All Fears, I have been reluctant to see a movie featuring Ben Affleck. He has this wooden screen presence, coming across, at best, like an underwear model. He sometimes seems like a cardboard cut-out with moving part who sucks the energy out of whatever scene he’s in.
About a month ago, when I first saw a trailer for Argo , I wondered that it engaged me, even as the bearded lead was clearly Affleck. Maybe he would come across as wooden in the next trailer. That didn’t happen. Each time I saw the trailer, I became more interested in watching the film.
I saw it last night and it’s really good, with an excellent script; it moves along at a nice pace. Not only is Affleck’s direction top-notch, but the editing is simply amazing. And while it clearly falls into the action/adventure/thriller genre, it has some really funny lines, mostly those making fun of Hollywood.
Now, this is not to say it’s a “perfect” film on the order of, say, The Godfather or On The Waterfront. The beginning was a little off (and its history a little inaccurate) and there was a cheeseball chase scene toward the end. But, other than that, it really holds your attention — and sometimes keeps you on the edge of your seat.
If you haven’t already, see this film.
Meanwhile, I’m reconsidering my opinion of the star of Gigli. He can certainly direct. And in this film, he can act.