Hey, didn’t old ex-governor Schwarzenegger say we can use
Just about everyone remembers or is aware of the
This is their story – I guess. Ben Affleck directs and stars in this film which is “based on a true story”. If it seems I have some doubts, I don’t, but I can tell some events in the movie were “jazzed up” for that
Ben plays the part of Tony Mendez, a
This is easily where the movie is strongest- the careful attention paid to government officials trying to solve a problem. I love the ideas floated – especially one about the group just bicycling out. Tony pitches the
The two guys who get the most fun parts here are John Goodman and Alan Arkin as the
Oh, and some of the hiding embassy staff have their doubts too – but that is understandable. They might figure you wait it out and take your chances, but it appears the rebels now in charge of the government have figured out some of the employees escaped, so maybe you go when you get the chance.
As a tense drama with a crazy pretense, “Argo” is a winner. Plus, the late 70’s look and style is all there, complete with archived TV footage of the reporting (remember “Nightline” every night on this with Ted Koppel?). This is a one of a kind story, even if details have been amped up to please the crowd.
However, they over did it. Here goes- while it’s okay to have one guy among the six who argues the plan with Tony, but then he just happens to be the one that saves them all, to the narrow, and I mean narrow, final escape. Yes, it’s eye rolling and over the top. Plus, when it looks like the movie’s over, well, sit tight. There are enough victory laps taken to fill another movie. Given all that, maybe I’m the only one bothered by the overdone sentimental stuff – I still give “Argo” a solid “8”. It’s a crowd pleaser, but “Best Picture”?