I know this is a little late, but this is a review for Argo that I wrote a while back

Argo

Directed by Ben Affleck

Written by Chris Terrio

Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston

Rated R

Rating- 4.5/5 stars

 

            As of recent, Ben Affleck has really proven himself as a director. He made an amazing turnaround from terribly acting in sub par movies like Pearl Harbor, to directing and brilliantly acting in excellent films such as Gone, Baby, Gone, The Town, and now my personal favorite, Argo.

Unlike most movies that claim that they are “based on a true story” and have no shred of truth to them, Argoactually tells a genuinely true story. It is a declassified story about a group of fugitives have escaped to the Canadian ambassador’s house from the US Embassy, which was taken by Iranian rebels for 444 days from 1979-1981. With a plan involving a fake movie, it is CIA extractor Tony Mendez’s (Ben Affleck) job to remove them from Iran to safety into the USA.

            There are many elements that work in this film. For one, the plot for this movie is incredibly innovative, containing humor, an interesting story, suspense, and great performances all in the same film. The first element where this movie really succeeds is in its humor. The humor is great, mostly coming from scene-stealing Alan Arkin and John Goodman supplying it in the Hollywood section of the film. One wouldn’t expect a movie of this subject matter to contain any humor, but it is needed giving the audience much needed breather room from the movie’s intense subject matter. The other element that this film really flourishes is suspense. When Tony has to go to Iran the suspense really kicks in. The suspense in this film really works radical groups are still an incredibly dangerous real world problem, and the fact that this happened and could happen again makes this movie going experience even more powerful. When the climax finally hits, it is one of the most intense, exciting experiences at the movies you will encounter for a while. My experience might have been worse than most people’s in this part because out of fear, my mom was practically strangling my arm, plus stopping it’s blood flow.

Overall, this is a true example of great Hollywood storytelling. Not only is the story incredibly interesting, in an incredible feat, the movie deftly balances humor, suspense, great performances and most of all, real world issues all in one movie. Unlike many Hollywood movies today, the performances are genuine, and all of the actors do a great job convincing you these were real people. It’s these kind of movies that really remind you why we love them so much.

 

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