Rating: 8 / 10
The 85th Academy Award winning movie that I was hesitant to watch at first and took me four years to finally see it and I can say that Argo was IMPRESSIVE!
Plot: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
- Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez
- Bryan Cranston as Jack O’Donnell
- Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel
- John Goodman as John Chambers
- Tate Donovan as Roberts Anders
- Clea DuVall as Cora Lijek
- Christopher Denham as Mark Lijek
- and many more
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Written by: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (based on a selection from “The Master of Disguise”)
I can start off by saying that this was the first movie I have seen that has been directed by Ben Affleck (other movies he has directed are: Gone Baby Gone, The Town) and I loved how he made this movie and loved the pace of it. The acting wasn’t the best from Ben Affleck but it wasn’t awful like in Gigli (2003) (that was an awful movie). I enjoyed the acting from the great actors Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla, Malcolm in the Middle) (I always love to see him on the screen and have enjoyed almost all of his movies/TV series), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Alan Arkin (The Russians Are Coming, the Russians are Coming, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter). All of them were spectacular.
The story really got me hooked up. The first act of the movie was slow but on the 2nd and 3rd act, it picked up some pace and I really got glued to the screen. Especially I loved the 3rd act – were everything concluded. Ben Affleck’s directing skills made it look so good (great editing). Enjoyed how you get caught up in the story and start to care about the characters – at the end I was like: “come on, come on, don’t screw up, you are so close, just get on the plane” and I love when a movie makes me care about the characters.
Of course the movie has some inaccuracies in history but that doesn’t make the movie awful – it’s a movie, there can be some inaccuracies. But I will list few things that weren’t real to the true story:
- The major role of producer Lester Siegel, played by Alan Arkin, is fictional;
- Minimizing the role of the Canadian embassy in the rescue. In reality Canadian embassy had a much bigger role then in the movie;
- The film portrays a tense situation when the crew tries to board the plane, and their identities are nearly discovered. No such confrontation with security officials took place at the departure gate. Without this I think the movies ending would been boring;
- Falsely showing that the Americans were turned away by the British and New Zealand embassies.
The film earned $136,024,128 in North America, and $96,300,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $232,324,128 from a budget of $44.5 million and the film received seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards and won three, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The film also earned five Golden Globe Award nominations, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Alan Arkin. It has won even more awards – just check out the IMDb page for more information about all of that.
Last bit: turn on your Netflix account, write in search bar Argo, press play and watch this awesome motion picture from one of the best directors Ben Affleck. You won’t regret it.
For more information, check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/,