All in all, this new edition to the Bond franchise may have been overhyped because when I saw it, I couldn’t figure out what the fuss was all about. Yes, Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench were awesome. Yes, the story was more present than usual for a Bond flick. And yes, the action, the babes, and the fights were all very well done… but then, that could be said of almost all the Bond films and definitely of all the Daniel Craig Bond films.
I saw this in IMAX and honestly? There’s no reason to do so. The explosions and car chases weren’t any better than they would have been on a normal theater screen. The best thing about seeing it in IMAX were the very 60’s opening credits.
All of this might sound like I didn’t like the movie, but I did. It was a fun way to kill a couple of hours and a great action movie. It’s just not redefining the genre like I heard a couple of people say. I have a more detailed and spoiler-heavy review coming out next because there are some things I really need to delve into and don’t want to reveal anything accidentally.
Of the two movies I saw this weekend, Argo was by far the best. Actually, it’s the best film I’ve seen in quite a while. Everything about this film spoke to quality and Ben Affleck’s talent as a director. The timing in the storyline was so tight and the acting so well done that my heart was literally pounding with tension during the climax. Granted, anyone who wants to look up history can find out the ending, but even if you know what happens, you’re not going to feel it unless you see this film.
Despite the American point of view, this film does its level best to come out almost neutral and historically accurate to the real events that took place. There are even pictures from history that they match up during the credits to things you see in the film. It’s not a documentary, far from it, but I didn’t see any kind of bias against Iran in the film; it was a revolution, after all, and very bad shit happens during a revolution.
The Hollywood bits were, to me, both much needed comic relief and incredible to realize that this actually happened. I won’t go into spoilers, but Alan Arkin and John Goodman were freakin’ awesome in their roles. And as someone who lives in H’wood and hopes to make a living here, the in-jokes were especially funny.
The scariest thing about this film is just how timely it is, with everything going on in that part of the world these days. It’s as though the last thirty-odd years might as well not have happened. This could, God forbid, take place right here and now and it’s to Affleck’s credit just how vital that fact comes through.
If Argo’s still playing where you live, you need to go see this film!