In 1979, when Iranian militants seize the American embassy, six Americans slip into the Canadian embassy for protection, prompting the CIA to concoct an elaborate plot to rescue them by pretending that they are filmmakers rather than diplomats.

Rating: 8 out of 10

I was pleased to see Argo win best picture. It was definitely deserving of it, and I applaud Ben Affleck for his skill as a director and storyteller.

This movie kept me on edge and glued the entire time. While it has slower parts, they’re all with purpose. In truth, I never knew this story. It happened the year I was born, but it’s also one that never came to light until the details were publicly released by President Bill Clinton — and at that time, I was a college student not paying close attention to the news.

Argo is a gripping political thriller, with excellent acting, smart visuals and never took its foot off the gas. Ben Affleck is definitely growing as an actor. His lead role in the film was perfomed well, but it’s also my only major gripe with the film. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, the brilliant and brave CIA agent who springs a very unlikely plan of creating a fake movie to spring Americans from a very hostile situation. But Mendez is a Latin American, and by having a white guy play Mendez, I think it robs Latin Americans of having one of their own portray such a heroic figure in their history.

That said, Affleck doesn’t take anything away from Mendez in the role, but I think he could have directed a Latin actor. It’s my one rub on an otherwise excellent film.

6 responses to “Argo

  1. Victor De Leon

    Speaking as a Latin American myself, I didn’t mind Affleck terribly as Mendez but I do see your point. I know many Latinos than can pass for a white dude. My own Son being one of them. 🙂 Glad to see you back rockin and rollin, Matt! Keep them coming! – Vic

    • Hey Vic,

      My wife is Latino, and it’s funny because we both loved the movie and when we were walking out of the theater talking about it, I said my only complaint was about Affleck playing a Latino. She said she thought the same thing. I don’t think it’s racist by any means, or anything like that. I just think it would have been cool to let a Latino actor play someone so important. If it were a white guy playing a Malcom X, however, people would have freaked. Or a black guy playing Abraham Lincoln instead of Daniel Day Lewis? People, likewise, would have freaked (but probably less). It just made me think that the glory of that history, which I think would be a point of pride for Latin Americans, had some of the shine taken off by a white dude playing the role.

  2. Victor De Leon

    I didn’t think it was in any way a racist thing either. I totally get your point. I actually thought Benicio del Toro would have been a great choice as Mendez. As far as the “shine” you mentioned, I can absolutely agree with that.

  3. For me, Argo is the best political action film so far in 2013. It is a massive breakthrough work for Ben Affleck as a director and actor. So glad to see him achieve successful career like this.

    Movie is always the best way of transferring the truth to the public.

    P.S: Ben’s Oscar winning speech was extremely inspirational to me 🙂

  4. Argo is blatant propaganda and a means of conditioning public opinion for an invasion of Iran 2013.

    The Despot who had his lunch flown in from Paris while his people lived in abject poverty and all with the approval of the USA and here we go again … Grab the oil heist the riches of peaceful countries…

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