It’s been a while that we’ve spotted this trailer that looked very authentic and poignant, and let me tell you that I was scared that the movie itself might’ve not come through. But it did. This little movie is Argo, and it’s been a while that a political drama didn’t look so good and didn’t feel so truthful and gripping as this was.
Argo is inspired by the true events during the Iranian revolution in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, where six Americans found shelter in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Enter Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a CIA “exfiltration” specialist, comes up the best plausible plan to get them out of the country without getting caught while putting his life in jeopardy as well.
His plan is to pass as a film crew scouting for a location for this make-believe sci-fi fantasy movie within exotic location. With that, much help is need by real Hollywood agents, having to come up with a real script, hence the name Argo, real publicity and a real storyboard, and without raising any suspicion that none of it is real.
Awesome effort from actor and fifth-time director Ben Affleck. This time around, he did something that feels quite extraordinary and I think will be hard to forget about as a director and also as an actor. Much has improved since his last attempt in directing something so overrated and bland as The Town. The cinematography is one of the aspect that works the most, immersing you right in during the highest climax. The look of the film feels authentic and timely-accurate; it just adds a lot depth to its perspective.
The flow of the movie is spot-on without one dull moment. It always reaches its highest point at a very good pace, always building it little by little. The story keeps a lot of historically accurate details (especially the cast, who looks a hell lot like the real people) and doesn’t romanticize anything too much like many Hollywood pictures do. But just enough to keep the audience on its toes. Of course, there are a few jokes here and there to ease the tension and it holds up good.
The political tension and government dilemmas are very heart-felt throughout the whole film. The scope keeps the movie grounded and easily accessible for even an uninformed audience. The reach of the movie is wide, just cause it’s not an untold story, but one that perhaps people have forgot or just hasn’t been told in a fashionable manner yet. Until now.
Argo does a really good job reassembling a really good cast but not having to only depend on it. The actors were all in and it all blended in such a nice way that you easily feel like watching a movie made only a few after All the President’s Men. It was nice to have a good balance of really good actors, such as Kyle Chandler, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Chris Messina and the awesome Bryan Cranston.
Overall, Argo not only promises all that is shown in its initial premise but delivers in a way I didn’t think Affleck could reach. Being aesthetically pleasing and well written, it’s just gripping from start to end without any real complaints. Seriously, good job.
Theatrical release date: October 12, 2012
Director: Ben Affleck
Run time: 120 minutes