Saturday, 2 November 2013

FILM: Argo (9/10)

Why did I watch it?
Argo has been high up on my list of films to see following the hype and awards it received on its release. I liked both of Ben Affleck's previous directorial efforts Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

What's it all about?
Based on a true story, Ben Affleck plays a CIA ex-filtration specialist Tony Mendez, tasked with getting a group of American embassy staff out of Iran in the months following the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979. Mendez turns to Hollywood, with support from film producers Alan Arkin and John Goodman, to create cover for the operation.

The Good:
  • Sharp, funny script
  • Affleck builds up the tension almost from the off and it rarely lets up anytime the action returns to Tehran
  • The cynical Hollywood angle - Alan Arkin and John Goodman
  • Bryan Cranston - just because
  • Balanced introductory montage setting the scene for the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis
The Bad:
  • I got nothing, maybe the Mendez family angle which didn't add much value for me
Passport please, Mr Bat. Man
Favourite line:
'If I'm doing a fake movie, it's gonna be a fake hit!' - Lester Siegel

Stand-out moment:
The build-up to and storming of the American embassy in Tehran told from the viewpoint of the embassy officials

Like the film? Watch: Munich, The Americans (TV show)
Like the director? Watch: Gone Baby Gone, The Town

What my wife would say: Watched it and enjoyed it.

What the world thinks:
Rotten Tomatoes - 96%
Metacritic - 86/100
LAMB Score - 4.33/5
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