ARGO Movie Review

Oct 18, 2012 -- 3:22pm

***1/2  out of 4 Stars


This film is based on a true story chronicling the covert CIA operation to rescue 6 American hostages during the Iran Hostage Crises. Full disclosure here, I have never been a huge Ben Affleck { the actor} fan. In fact I went to this movie primarily because my wife wanted to see it. I’m glad she did. After screening this film, it’s abundantly clear that Mr. Affleck’s best destiny in cinema is behind the camera directing. In Argo, he has crafted a smart, funny, and tense drama.

Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA agent, who uses the preposterous cover story of a film production company to help rescue the hostages. He refers to the plan as” the best bad idea” to fool the Iranians. John Goodman and Alan Arkin are brilliant portraying Hollywood film executives, providing the comic relief in this tense drama.

Affleck gives this political espionage thriller a gritty realism, it has a 1970’s grainy film look, which adds to the realism. The hostages are expertly cast, truly conveying a verisimilitude. My one issue, you knew there would be one, is that I would have liked the Tony Mendez character explored more. What makes this man tick? Why would a man who has a wife and a kid he loves, willingly take on what is essentially a suicide mission in the hopes of saving 6 strangers? Fascinating.

What Affleck may lack as a leading man, he more than makes up for as a storyteller. ARGO is a crisply paced, thoughtful, witty thriller. One of the best films I’ve seen this year.

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