Plot – Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Director – Ben Affleck
Released – 2012
Ben Affleck is an excellent actor, but arguably he is a much better director, seemingly finding a way to tell each story in a unique manner while keeping his charming cinematic style. Argo marked a new challenge for him as a director, taking on a large scale historical drama thriller based on a declassified true story about Tony Mendez rescuing six US diplomats from Iran posing as a film crew, but I have to say that he rises to the challenge, with Affleck’s directing talent shining through and providing the audience with a suspenseful and mostly accurate retelling of the events that transpired in such a way that fans of both modern and old school Hollywood cinema would approve.
Starting off with the performances, we all know by now how good of an actor Bryan Cranston can be and here is no different, doing what he does best and leaving a lasting impression, the same goes for John Goodman and Alan Arkin who were a delight as the closest thing the film has to comic relief. But it’s Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Tony Mendez that shines the brightest, providing depth to a complicated role made all the more difficult by the fact he was also directing and not just directing a straightforward movie, but one that looks authentic, grips you from minute one and ramps up the tension throughout.
I’m not surprised that Argo won Best Picture, providing the audience with great suspense, drama, and entertainment and proves that Affleck doesn’t just make great Boston crime dramas, but great movies full stop. The only downside of the film is the Americanisation of the movie and the downplaying of Canada’s role in the entire plan, but this is something that happens pretty regularly in Hollywood productions. ★★★★★