Argo Is The Best Bad Idea By Far And A Great Film

Posted: November 1, 2012 in At The Movies
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“Argo Fuck Yourself!”

Probably one of my favorite lines in cinema. A play on words that had the crowd in an uproar of laughter. Those few seconds make for some good fun, but it’s the rest of the film in Argo that will be long remembered.

Argo is based on the true story of the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the Canadian Caper that followed. During the Iranian Revolution, Islamic students and militia took control of the U.S. Embassy and held more than sixty people hostage. Six were able to escape and took refuge with the Canadien Ambassador. When the Iranians realized that some people were missing they went on a search to find them. The Americans needed a plan of extraction, but all the ideas that the C.I.A. had wouldn’t work. Time was running out. In comes Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) with an idea.

The Best Bad Idea By Far

A Canadian film crew on a scouting assignment. Sure it was the most far fetched idea out of left field, but it actually worked. What really makes Argo interesting is seeing how Tony Mendez is able to make this crazy plan actually succeed. First, find a script to fit the scene. Add in Hollywood make-up man John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) to make the fake film credible. Finally, hope and pray everything goes right

Throughout the film I felt the tension, suspence, and the drama of what was going on during this crisis, and how the C.I.A. wanted to get the people out before being discovered. Argo hooked me in from the beginning, and refused to let go until the escapees were finally free. Even though I knew what was going to happen I was always left with that feeling that these people were not going to make it out of Iran and die. Of course I would always get proven wrong. Credit director Ben Affleck for this amazing piece of true storytelling. Argo is clearly his best work to date both as a director and a star.

As for the actors, Arkin and Goodman nearly steal the show with their performances. Absolutely brilliant. I also liked the film presentation with the 1980s look and grittiness of the film itself making everything look old and dated. The classic rock tracks were also a nice touch to help break up any chance of monotony. Even the use of classic media footage and the interview with Jimmy Carter at the end was priceless. Overall, I enjoyed Argo and even applauded when the credits rolled. Blu-Ray…hell yeah. Oscar nominations…you bet. Now Argo fuck yourself and see this film.


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