If the buzz out of Telluride is to be believed, then Ben Affleck’s Argo may be the director’s best effort yet. We previously brought you the trailer for the film, but if that wasn’t enough to get you interested, we now have the first TV spot to share with you. Plus, we’ll take a look at some of the early reviews of the film and relay them.
Argo, starring Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin, centers on an exfiltration specialist at the CIA who concocts a complicated scheme to rescue six Americans trapped overseas amidst the Iranian revolution. The film opens October 12th. Hit the jump to see the new TV spot and early reviews.
Here’s the first TV spot for Affleck’s Argo :
- Dave Karger
@davekarger Yes, ARGO is fantastic. I could see nominations for picture, director, screenplay, and supporting actor for Alan Arkin.
- Anne Thompson
@akstanwyck Telluride Review: Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo‘ Is True Hostage Thriller, Hollywood Parody, and Likely Oscar Contender
- Eric D. Snider
@EricDSnider ARGO: terrific, smart, grown-up entertainment. Affleck is a real live director. Top 10 of the year so far for me. #telluride
- Peter Sciretta
@slashfilm Argo is a near-brilliant nail-biting thriller. Fantastic performances/prod design. Ben Affleck’a smartest film yet as director.
- Kristopher Tapley
@kristapley Applause in the middle of the movie. Hearing nothing but “wow” and “outstanding” outside the theater. A big hit. #argo
And here are some snippets from a few early reviews:
The Playlist: “Affleck directs with screw-tightening efficiency that would make Michael Mann proud. Multiple Oscar nominations are in order as this movie surges to the top of the current Oscar contenders list.”
HitFix: “With one of the better ensembles in recent memory, Affleck purposely gives his cast room to shine while not diminishing the risks Mendez took. Arkin plays the schmaltzy producer with enough heart to make him three-dimensional and Cranston finally gets a supporting role he can really sink his teeth into.”
LA Times: “Two years ago, a prominent Oscar voter left the Telluride Film Festival’s world premiere screening of “The King’s Speech” and said with certainty that the film would be shortlisted for best picture. At the festival this past weekend, that same voter issued a new prediction: Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will be among the finalists for the top Academy Award.”
THR: “Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81. Proving even more than before that he’s a behind-the-camera force to be reckoned with, Ben Affleck tells a dense, multilayered yarn “based on a declassified true story” with confidence and finesse, while its unlikely Hollywood angle will make the hometown industry crowd feel proud of itself. From all points of view, this is one the major releases of the fall season.”
Argo will also be playing at TIFF, so keep an eye out for our coverage.