First TV Spot for ARGO from Director Ben Affleck, Plus Early Reviews Out of Telluride

     September 4, 2012


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 :

argo-ben-affleck-bryan-cranstonHere are some of the appraisals out of Telluride via Twitter:

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.


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  • Mars

    Affleck may be good at surrounding himself with good actors, but as a director, he has no visual style. Just basic Clooney-esque simple coverage. Film school 101.

    • aaronsullivan

      People say this about directors with only one or two films under their belt ALL THE TIME. Then, after another movie or two, one can look back and begin to see how wrong those people are. There are some hallmarks I think showing up in his style just casually thinking back. The prolonged two person full shot, for instance. He also has a strong focus on setting that leads his sequences to feature the environment prominently in the shot even during longer dialogue scenes.

    • Javan Clark

      Affleck has been amazing. I can’t wait to see your next directorial offering, it’s obvious from your statement that you’re the answer to EVERYTHING that is wrong with Hollywood.


  • oaktreeradar

    You know there’s a video on youtube for the Chemical Brothers song Don’t think that’s made up of clips from The Plan and if you watch it, it seems like a well choreographed music video. There is so much style to that film, so many little moments where I feel like visually speaking I haven’t seen this or that before. It has a real flow and builds a kind of unsettling momentum. It has the tension of a Hitchcock film where all these threats seem to be massing and growing and you feel like inevitably fate’s coming to get you. Visually when there’s flair it’s necessary and not forced keeping the viewer locked in while feeling somewhat relatable. I can’t wait for Argo.

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  • Who dat ninja

    Really excited for this one

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