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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…
The last fourty minutes had me squirming in my seat and trying to tear out my hair.
Based on a true story...
a CIA operative goes to Iran to rescue six Americans.
Technically a good film, which incorporates vintage television broadcasts, radio announcements, film grain, and good set design to lend authenticity to the production. The direction of large crowd scenes are handled quite well.
However, some scenes are fictionalized to add drama and most of the characters appear emotionless - particularly Ben Affleck as CIA agent Tony Mendez. There is no protagonist for which to feel sympathy and the spare attempts to show distress or anxiety are lackluster.
Effective documentary-style re-enactments, but hollow characterizations drag this film down.
Though it is perfectly suspenseful, entertaining, well acted and well directed, I can't help but feel that Argo's script is slightly hollow. For some reason it feels like it's missing that certain something that makes good films great.
Everybody used to say that Matt Damon was being held back by Ben Affleck. I think those days are firmly behind us.
'Argo', is quite simply fantastic. I found the real life story fascinating, so when I heard of the film, I did some more research. Affleck got some key points wrong, but for the sake of directing a film, I think that I can forgive him creative control.
The cast is fantastic, the tension levels rise and fall splendidly and keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The film even had a period feel to it, right down to Affleck shooting and ageing the film.
I wish I had written a review at the time, but for now I am happy to just say I will watch again soon.
Look at you, Ben Affleck. All legit and shit now. Good for you, man.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Argo, as the plot line was engaging throughout the movie and the editing gave a snapshot of the prevailing feelings and opinions of the people in the U.S. and those in Iran. The plot line kept me on edge throughout because of the intensity of the characters' situation and the lives that could have been lost had there been one slip-up by any one of the characters. The editing and transitions between real-life footage of Irani protests and U.S. news clips to the acting of the movie characters provided a glimpse of the fear that the characters must have been feeling and the tenseness of the situation. Overall, I thought Argo was really well done and fun to watch.
In the good old days of Hollywood this film would have been classified as a big budget “B” picture. In the newer Hollywood, catering to less demanding audiences, it wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards. I fail to see what earned it this distinction: the one-expression performance of Ben Affleck; the caricature performance of Alan Arkin (also winning an Oscar); or the depiction of an illiterate Revolutionary Guard reading Variety and phoning Hollywood to verify the story? The only really believable parts were of the Iranian streets and people and these scenes were probably shot by a 2nd unit Turkish director in Istanbul.
History tells us that it all worked out okay, but that doesn't stop this movie from being an intense thriller. Argo is another great entry into Ben Affleck's "See? I Do Have Talent" folder (now titled "Argo Fuck Yourself") and he does a great job on both sides of the camera.
When I first saw it:
After 'Gone, Baby, Gone' and 'The Town', Ben Affleck continues to prove himself one of the most adept directors working in Hollywood today. This tense-as-fuck thriller about a fake movie being set up to extract American diplomats from Iran is classically styled and shot with grace and clarity. All the actors are great (Bryan Cranston might be the best 'exposition in offices' guy working today), the 70s stylings are brilliantly done, and the last half hour will have you chewing your nails. A really great film.
When writing my 'best-of-the-year' list:
The backlash against 'Argo' has been building for a while, and now that it's won Best Picture at the Oscars it will certainly come…
Ben Affleck wears a beard pretty well.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Django Unchained
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- The Dark Knight
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
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