Argo Movie Reviews
User reviews on Argo
This one is a standing ovation if ever there was one this year! Wotta amazing movie! The thing I liked the best about this movie was how it showed the importance of diplomacy in dealing with enemies. A lot of people think that the best way to get what you want is through sheer brute force. Argo shows how a really smart and innovative group of individuals does the unthinkable by creating a grand lie and going into enemy territory to save their fellow Americans. There is so much to say about how the human mind works and how there are so many better ways to go about achieving good ends without destructive means. This is a powerful movie because the message shows how there are better ways of doing things than we are used to. Ben Affleck should definitely score Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Kudos to him, he has come a long, long way.
Ben Affleck has really outdone himself this time. This movie is just amazing in every sense of the word! It's about how a group of undercover operatives and filmmakers go into Iran to help six Americans escape from certain death after they barely escape the embassy siege in Tehran in 1979. This is based on the real life events that led to the ostracizing of Iran by the United States which continues to this day. I really loved the character John played by John Goodman, he's a makeup artist who proves he's so much more than just a pair of hands to set powder on pretty faces. Alan Arkin is also great in his part as the Hollywood producer. I think very few actors could play his part the way he did. Affleck is also amazing, more as a director than as an actor, and the same is true for Victor garber who plays the Canadian ambassador. This is one of the best movies of the year, hands down.
Trepidation was my first reaction to this movie - was it going to be too violent and scary for me to enjoy? I was wrong to think it would be too much because the movie is really not about the whole terrorist attacks on the American embassy. This movie is especially timely given the whole Libya incident. I remember the actual news story when it happened because i was a teenager at the time and we were all shocked that such a thing could happen to Americans. Now, when I look back, I realize that the really shocking thing is that the whole Argo plan was ever possible at all! It's equally amazing that they were able to keep this thing a secret from the public for as long as they did. The acting in this movie is phenomenal, especially Ben Affleck, who is also the movie's director. I wish they would make more movies like this - entertaining and still totally relevant to the whole idea of what it means to be a global citizen. A !
If you know anything about Ben Affleck The Actor/Political Activist, you know that he’s an unabashed liberal. If you know anything about him as a filmmaker, you know that he is perhaps better suited to working behind the camera than in front of it (see: Gigli, Jersey Girl, Daredevil). Affleck is one of those rare talents in Hollywood that is actually talented, but which Hollywood has long since forgotten how to utilize effectively in mainstream movies. He has thus been forced to make his own brand of movies that give voice to his leftist take on current and past events. After viewing Argo, the new movie in which he both stars and directs, this may not have been a bad thing.
Argo tells the story of six Americans that miraculously manage to escape from the Iranian militants that seized the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The six Americans find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador, but they know it is only a matter of time before they are all killed and must therefore find a way to escape the cruel fate that awaits them. A plot is hatched by three men – Tony Mendez (Affleck), a CIA operative, Lester (Alan Arkin) the producer, and John Chambers (John Goodman), a makeup man with a wild imagination. Essentially, their plan to free the six Americans is to lie to the Iranians by telling them that a major Hollywood production called “Argo” in need of desert locations is scouting shooting locales in Iran. The six Americans are trained to double as Hollywood types to make the plan work, and lest you think the whole idea is preposterous, be assured that this actually happened in real life. It was just concealed from the public eye for almost two decades.
The film has some truly amazing moments, especially when it comes to the undercover operatives working in tandem with their Iranian “enemies” who, irnocally, share a passionate love for cinema. Affleck steals the show in a brutally funny and unforced performance that makes you wonder where this talent has been residing all these years. You can feel his hand moving the camera throughout, not only when he’s on screen, but when he’s directing the commanding cast of players that includes Brian Cranston and Victor Garber.
A lot of people will see this movie and think it’s a liberal lefty fantasy about dealing with enemies in ways that don’t involve bombs, tanks, and international threats. To that I can only say: “And what is wrong with that?” A must-see.