Monday, January 21, 2013
Movie Review: Argo
Review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.
Review: I won't pretend that I know a lot about history, so I didn't go into this movie with a ton of knowledge concerning the hostage situation in Iran. I'm telling you this mainly to say that it's not important how much you know beforehand. You can still see the movie and get all the information you need to understand while watching.
As for the actual movie, I know I'm quite late in seeing this and by this point, if you have not seen it, you might end up waiting until you can rent it. That doesn't mean it's not worth seeing in theaters. It is and I wish I could have seen this one earlier, but alas, life gets in the way.
Since Argo has been out for awhile, I won't go on and on about it. Basically, I think everyone did a great job. Ben Affleck made an amazing film (he directed) and his role as Tony Mendez was equally wonderful. You could see the emotion in him and how difficult it was to go into Iran, promising to bring these men and women to safety...especially when other forces are making things even more difficult.
The supporting cast was just as great and I loved seeing a lot of familiar faces...especially Bryan Cranston as Jack O'Donnell, who works with the CIA. He's back in America, desperately hoping this "best bad idea" will succeed. Cranston had some humorous moments as well, which were nice. I think Alan Arkin and John Goodman were the biggest comedic relief, though, and it was a welcome change here and there since Argo is kind of a suspenseful film.
Overall, good film; definitely deserves some awards!