CINEMA REVIEW: Argo (15)

Boston Grammar School pupil Joe Baxter reviews Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo (15)

Argo is the new political thriller directed by and starring Ben Affleck and it is safe to say that this film isn’t for everyone. Whilst the film is based on actual events, the actual concept (Canadian refugees in Iran, pose as film crew to get them out) sounds ludicrous. However, this allows the writers to add comedy to the earlier parts of the film, without diluting the films political-thriller roots.

Whilst in most aspects, Argo is a great film, it struggles in one key aspect, and that is retaining the audience’s attention. I personally have a long attention span when it comes to films, but at certain times, I simply had no interest. Yet in other parts, the film had me on the edge of my seat. This made for a mixed viewing experience, because I would gain and lose interest quite often.

Whilst my point above still stands, the best thing about Argo is its performances. With such a talented cast (Affleck, Cranston, Goodman etc) this is to be expected, but where in some cases, many actors may overact, this is a film where this never happens. Affleck is the shining example of this, and his character was the main reason that I tried to retain interest in some of the boring segments of the film. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was nominated for an Oscar.

A film which will interest some and bore others, it is still an enjoyable watch for the most part.

Score: 3/5