Or Ben Affleck?
If that last pick has you scratching your head, we're with you.
Entertainment Weekly has selected the movie-star-turned-director as Entertainer of the Year for its year-end issue thanks to the success of Argo, which is about to cross the $100 million mark at the box office and is a leading contender for Best Picture at the Oscars. But is Argo really a sensational enough movie to dominate EW’s 2012 review this way? What else has Ben Affleck done this year to warrant such attention?
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The EW cover mentions several runner-ups that would have been better choices. Channing Tatum proved his comedic chops in 21 Jump Street and had us all screaming “Take it off!” in Magic Mike ― also appearing in Haywire and The Vow. This was the year that Hollywood started taking Channing seriously as a dramatic and comedic leading man, not just another pretty face with little talent behind it.
How about Jennifer Lawrence? Not only did she star in one of the most successful movies of the year in The Hunger Games, but she’s also likely to get an Oscar nod for Silver Linings Playbook. Unlike the Twilight franchise’s Kristen Stewart, Jennifer actually got favorable reviews from virtually every critic for her performance as Katniss.
Lena Dunham’s Girls was a greater cultural phenomenon than Argo ― she also would have been a worthy pick.
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Or, if EW wanted to go with a director, why not choose Joss Whedon? The Avengers has grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, the third-highest film of all time both domestically and overseas. Not that it’s all about money, but like Argo, The Avengers also received positive feedback from audiences and critics alike, but was a much bigger deal. Ben Affleck, more entertaining than a whole team of superheroes? Really?
Perhaps the biggest problem with this pick is the critical consensus that Ben’s performance in Argo was its weakest link; most think it would have been a better film if he’d cast someone else. The real-life character he plays is the American Latino CIA agent Tony Mendez, and we don't see much physical resemblance. Do you?
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Don't get us wrong, we like Ben fine as both an actor and director, and Argo was a perfectly decent movie... just not one that needs this kind of attention. Sorry, Entertainment Weekly, but we have to call BS on this pick.
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