As an actor Ben Affleck has always been a bit hit and miss for my liking.

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He’s the type of actor who continuously makes mainstream, average movies however his second venture into the world of directing “The Town” proved to me that he could be joining the Hollywood elite as a director and Argo has certainly established him as one of the finest directors working today. Who knows he could even have an Oscar on his hands as Argo is easily one of the years finest films.

Set in the year 1980 and based on a true story, Argo plays out as a dramatization of the joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six American hostages out of revolutionary Iran by disguising them as members of a film crew looking for a shooting location in which they can produce a space operatic movie in the style of Star Wars.

The movie is wonderfully shot and the camera angles and cinematography just ooze with perfection. Ben Affleck is surprisingly just as good behind the camera as he is in front of it and the performance he gives in this movie is truly great. It’s nice to see him venture out from the murky streets of Boston to explore more exotic locations. It really is a wonderful film to watch, however at times it can become incredibly tense and admittedly for the first time in years I could actually feel my heart pounding in my chest. When a film has an effect on you like that you know you’re watching something special and Argo is just that, a very special movie that is a definite contender for best picture come award season.

The cast in this movie are incredibly strong with Ben Affleck as I said delivering an exquisite performance, however much to my surprise Argo is actually a rather funny movie and the reason for this comes down to the sensational double act of John Goodman and Alan Arkin. As you may well know the two are certainly a couple of pro’s in the industry and although they don’t have as much screen time as most of the cast the scenes they feature in certainly provide the most laughs. To me this movie delivers a wide variety of emotions, ranging from relief, despair and humour therefore making Argo a must see. It’s very sharply written and at times reminiscent of an old school eighties movie, most probably due to its setting and style of filming.

About our new blogger Jack Bool

Hello, my name is Jack Bool and I am a sixteen year old film reviewer based in the Norfolk area. Since the beginning of 2012 I have been running my own website http://www.jbreviews.co.uk/ which I update daily with a number of film reviews. It has become incredibly popular in my school (Cliff Park High, in Gorleston) with the school being very supportive and showing a positive attitude towards my work. The site is a partnership between me and a friend and whilst I write the reviews he kindly uploads them for me.

My reviews include a variety of films, from wide releases to independent releases, as well as classics and foreign language movies. I also take requests and I am very privileged to be writing for the EDP, Evening News and Yarmouth Mercury, reviewing as many new titles as possible.

I’m interested to see how the other Oscar contenders shape up throughout the next few months as for me so far Argo is certainly leading the way. It’s a stunning achievement in film-making and acting and if you are yet to see I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

10/10

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