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.