Argo is one the best movies I have seen all year. Bold statement? Yes, but it’s true. Argo is the story loosely based on CIA agent Tony Mendez’s account of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats – with help from Canada – from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, there were six Americans who managed to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, Tony comes up with a risky plan using a fake movie to get them safely out of the country.
The film stars Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, and a million other people (no really, there are literally a million recognizable faces in this movie). This was incredibly tense and caused so much anxiety for me but it was also really funny. Alan Arkin and John Goodman were so great together as Lester Siegel and John Chambers, the Hollywood director and producer who put together the fake movie. The whole cast is wonderful. I mean kudos to the casting director, Lora Kennedy because I loved picking out all the familiar faces.
This is Ben Affleck’s 3rd film as director and he has gotten better and better with every movie. His earlier films were Gone Baby Gone and The Town. I’m proud of him. He has really turned that whole Bennifer debacle around. He has directed and starred in some good stuff. If you have liked all the other Affleck directing vehicles, then you need to go out and watch this one as well. You definitely won’t regret it. Argo is in theaters now.