I saw it 4 times. And i'm not ashamed.First of all, I saw Deep Impact as well, and let me say, the comparisons people are draw are irrelevant. They were two distinctly different movies. Armageddon billed itself as an action flick, a fun summer movie. It never guaranteed a strong plot or even a believeable one. Deep Impact was going for a more humanitarian feel, one that wanted to make you think "what if". In Armageddon we don't have to think that: Bruce is there to fix everything.
And that's the plot summary. The world is gunna die unless Bruce Willis can fix everything. The group of help-action heros are charming in their roughneckedness. My favorite scene in the whole movie is when each is psychologically analysed.
Steve Buscemi stands out, but the other characters are all interesting in and of themselves. Except for the Nasa people, because they are just all nerds. And we can't like Billy Bob, because he is a wife beater.
The movie really stretches the imagination, and it's best if you have no knowledge of space or space travel, or really the workings of planetary motion at all. If you can get past all that, and just remind yourself it's an action flick, you'll have a blast.
Once you're in the mindframe "action flick", you still have to go further and "suspend all disbelief". The first time I saw this, I turned to my companion (hi Vanessa) and said, "why is Ben Affleck still alive?" but soon after that I stopped worrying about the believability of the plot, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
As an aside, and I don't think this consititutes spoilers, but it's a fun game to count the number of times Ben almost dies. I can find 9.
Liv's character really annoyed me, because she was the ultimate woman-as-object. There is never any insight into her personality. All we know is that she's Bruce's daughter and Ben loves her, and that's all Michael Bey thinks we care about in the female lead. (out of uhm, three female characters in all, one of whom is a stripper)All in all, i have to give it 4 sporks, with the reservation that it is that good as an ACTION movie: this is not great film, people.