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The movie was fake. The mission was real.
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
This is Ben Affleck's film all the way and I have to say I am more than impressed. I'm glad that he seems to have discovered what he is really good at. As an actor he was never really convincing. And even though he gives a great understated, albeit a bit one-note, performance here, it is in the director's chair where he excels.
This bizarre 'truth is stranger than fiction' tale has all the hallmarks of being turned into an over-stylized and over-dramatized political thriller. This is anything but that. Much like his performance, Affleck decided to take away the frills, leaving behind a film that is reminiscent of the political thrillers of yesteryear. Solid, made with craftsmanship and more…
From the opening Warner Brothers logo, to its end credits, "Argo" is a fully-engrossing and remarkably accomplished piece of filmmaking. Director Ben Affleck assembles a film that pays attention to the smallest of details while delivering on a grand dramatic scale.
With both cinematography that adds a patina of grain to its naturalistic color palette and the film's immersive design details, the look of "Argo" is historically appropriate and eye-catching. The cast, led by a stoic Affleck and more-than-solid turns by Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston, is pitch-perfect.
The script and story of "Argo" are just as strong as its look and performances. Its dialogue is equally serious, knowing, and humorous. Its economical story is harrowing, affirming, and thematically rich.
Masterfully tense and rewardingly enveloping, "Argo" is a film about hope and responsibility. It is an excellent film.
Argo, the true life story you couldn’t make up, was always ripe for the Hollywood treatment and for the most part Affleck and co. do a good job of bringing it to the screen. Most should be familiar with the plot by now but if not it revolves around a CIA operation to get American diplomats out of Iran during the revolution. Their cover is an audacious and implausible recce scouting for film locations for a crappy space opera movie. It is easy to see what would attract somebody like Ben Affleck to this project, it has a current political resonance, Hollywood satire and an old fashioned thriller element driving the story forward.
Affleck does a commendable job juggling many…
I've been sitting here for SOOOO long wondering just how the hell I can review such a fantastic film but I got nothing so...
Argo fuck it.
It's not that I was speechless by the film. I just don't know what to say that hasn't already been said by now so if you expect me to keep wracking my brain on how I'm gonna sum this film up...
Argo fuck yourself.
Don't mean to sound hostile, but please, just take my word for it and just...
Argo see it.
Expecting more corny Argo puns?
Argo fuck a goat.
From gossip-rag pin-up to powerhouse director Ben Affleck has one of the most chequered careers in Hollywood. Channelling experience following his previous two features, tightly wound action thrillers Gone Baby Gone and The Town, his time behind the camera is proving most fruitful. His recounting of the true life story of Argo is no exception and further authorises his position as a meaningful director.
Set in late ‘70s Iran, amidst a violent revolution, a group of CIA operatives strive to rescue six of its US embassy officials who are trapped within the dangerous melting pot. Under the innovative guise of a Canadian film crew scouting locations for an artificial sci-fi flick, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez infiltrates the city’s capital Tehran…
Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Argo is Ben Affleck's finest work as a director, is one of the best films of its year & is quite an accomplished piece of storytelling that expertly recounts the real-life event that took place in Iran during the Iranian Revolution in which 6 US diplomats were rescued by CIA with the help of Canadian government.
Set in 1979 Iran, the story of Argo follows 6 US diplomats who go into hiding when Iranian revolutionaries invade the American embassy in Tehran, taking several of them hostages. In an effort to get its people out of the country, CIA goes through various options & eventually settles with an insane plan; to arrive in Iran for…
The plot is okay but the telling of it is on the flat side - maybe it needed another director. The Bl Ray bonus has some eyewitness accounts which are a better watch than the film - which begs the question of why not a documentary in the first place.
Handles the initial panic and shabbles okay but then only becomes interesting when Arkin or Goodman are centre stage.
It's a good solid movie. It has a plot, characters, settings and drama as well as humor. Is it genius? No. But a solid movie not about Super heroes. I recommend it.
Pian piano il giovane regista Ben Affleck si sta facendo sempre più convincente; per l'attore lasciamo il giudizio ancora sospeso, anche se in questo caso la sua granitica espressione è congeniale alla vicenda. Intrigante dramma politico, incentrato su fatti realmente accaduti in Iran nel 1979, teso e ben gestito sia in sceneggiatura che in cabina di regia. Da segnalare l'irruento parossismo che ci catapulta in mezzo alla vicenda, una spasmodica partenza in media res da cardiopalma (forse, con il finale, il miglior momento del film).
I felt that the characters were mostly quite flat, especially the hostages. Given how they've spent so long in hiding and living in fear, I felt that they could've had grittier spirits. I would have liked to be able to connect with the characters and better empathise with them.
That aside though, all else is largely good. The build-up was slow but enjoyable - I think there was a nice balance of the fun of Hollywood and the seriousness of Iran. I didn't know much about the movie's historical context, so I appreciated the slotting in of that as well. So with regards to the filming and story pacing and juggling of tension and humour, I give Affleck two thumbs…
how come the scene preceding their escape isn't talked about, it's so beautiful
It´s a tad self congratulatory, but it is a well paced thriller.
Shame they forgot about Affleck´s name in the director´s hat.
Despite my semi-deslike of Ben Affleck I liked this. Based on a true, almost unbelievable story, it was full of funny moments and serious suspense. More of this kind, please?
Rewatched this prepping for a movie discussion group. Still found it suspenseful and a good history capsule. Not going to recap my original review and ... don't know why Letterboxd breaks up comments like this. But what're ya gonna do?
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