Affleck's Argo trailer arrives
I am excited for each new Ben Affleck film, after all he's delivered some fantastic films so far with Gone Baby Gone, The Town (Filmstalker review) and in between some of his acting roles have really turned around the way I thought of him, see The Company Men as a prime example. So with word of Argo and what the film would be I was excited.
I was also nervous. I mean the idea for the film sounded as though it could be close to being a comedy and yet it would also be a thriller, one that still resonates with people today and whose core could still provide for plenty of relevant drama. How would the film turn out?
Judging by the trailer Ben Affleck has been working his magic again and Argo, the shock of seeing the seventies style aside, looks like it blends comedy and drama well and that's just in the few minutes of footage we see.
I was a little distracted by the seventies style to begin with but it looks like the production design has worked well to not overstate it and make it feel very real, but it's the story that has me hooked, the idea that this is based on an actual story and the CIA took such a bizarre sounding plan and put it in motion.
Of course there's also the fact that the cast includes a wide cast with some great names, not surprisingly led by Ben Affleck but also starring Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Titus Welliver, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks and Taylor Schilling. It's a strong list of names and with the story behind it this could be one that pulls in a diverse audience.
Here's the blurb for Argo:
Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures' and GK Films' dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis--the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.
Doesn't sound that funny at all but watching the trailer you do see the comedy in there and it just feels the right level without making the whole thing a running joke.