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.
The last fourty minutes had me squirming in my seat and trying to tear out my hair.
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…
Ben Affleck alla regia si conferma una garanzia. Metacinema & Storia a confronto, uniti da una sceneggiatura esemplare.
I really, really like this film, but in retrospect it is perhaps too likable. The good guys are so good, the bad guys so mysterious, the forces at hand so distant for most of the film. It's all expertly crafted and executed, but it feels too much like a puppet master pulling the heartstrings of the viewers. There is an inherent problem of trying to incite suspense in the audience when many of them will know (due to this being a movie or to them knowing the historical events) that the gang will escape. In fact, most of the film's plot goes off without a hitch. Because of this, I feel Argo could deteriorate in my mind as it grows older. Until then, I can't help but marvel at the craftsmanship Affleck and Co. bring to this film.
This is a film so incredible it seems impossible that it could be true. I'm sure I'm going to read on Wikipedia how it was not quite as climactic as the film makes it out to be.
Yeah, well you know what, Wikipedia? Argo fuck yourself.
‘Argo fuck yourself’. That will be first words you’ll be uttering right after you come out watching this outstanding piece of work! The whole movie is loosely based on some unbelievable true events happened in the 1970s, about a covert rescue mission which was declassified more than a decade ago. Though not completely accurate to what happened in real, Ben Affleck is at the top of his game, making this his best directorial venture till date.
Even if you watch it knowing all the details down to the last minute about the actual mission, Ben Affleck makes sure that the movie doesn’t become a documentary like many other flicks based on true events. The pulse pounding climatic portions shot inside…
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Between family duties and life, I seemed destined to never get through Argo, even after three tries.
I remember vividly the first time I saw the theatrical trailer for the film and immediately placed the film on my radar to see as soon as possible. Affleck's last film, THE TOWN, I dug a lot, even if it was a poor man's HEAT (1995). It was nothing new but it was told very, very well, with a terrific cast, anchored by Affleck's performance.
Still, three tries in, I just couldn't engage with Argo even though I was enjoying the majority of the first act of the picture.
Yesterday was the day though that Affleck's film broke through. Like the TOWN, there's…
I laughed , I cried , I smiled and I stopped breathing!
This film is good.
GONE BABY GONE and THE TOWN are better.
My second viewing of Argo, and what really struck me this time through was how absolutely perfect the pacing of the film is. Not one single dull moment throughout, not one single moment that feels like it should have been left on the cutting room floor, and also nothing that feels like it wasn't fleshed out enough or needed more time to breath. It is a film that won Best Picture, yet never one tries to feel more bloated or epic than it deserves. It simply tells an intense, exciting and true (mostly, I assume) story, assisted by an awesome script by Chris Terrio and solid yet not flashy direction by Ben Affleck.
The way the film balances telling a…