Argo is now out in theatres officially! Argo is a story based on real events that revolves around a radical covert mission. This is the last resort to try to save 6 Americans on the run when an Iranian revolution reached its boiling point. Argo is directed by Ben Affleck and he is also starring in the said film. There is no doubt that this movie made its way to the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Rotten Tomatoes gave Argo 91% fresh ratings which means that it is definitely a movie worth watching. Let’s take a look at the latest movie review for Argo from Joe Morgenstern:
“Argo: A Movie That Exults and Has A Compelling Core
A movie studio, Orson Welles famously said, is the best toy a boy ever had. Far from being a boy, Ben Affleck is his own man, a distinctive actor who, in recent years, directed “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town,” a couple of medium-size movies that established him as an accomplished filmmaker. Now, as director and star of “Argo,” he has deployed a studio’s full-scale resources on an intrinsically dramatic story, and the results are nothing less than sensational. This political thriller has it all: a suspense plot centered on Americans in mortal peril during the Iranian hostage crisis that erupted in late 1979; a stranger-than-fiction subplot that was, in fact, concocted by the CIA to effect the Americans’ escape; and a movie within the movie that’s all the funnier for being fake.
The crisis began when Islamist revolutionaries stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took more than 50 Americans hostage. In the midst of the terror and chaos, however, six of them escaped into the streets, then took refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. It’s their tale the film tells, not that of the 444-day crisis in its sprawling entirety, and what a tale it turns out to be. (The factual details, declassified by President Bill Clinton in 1997, are brilliantly embellished in the screenplay that Chris Terrio based on a Wired Magazine article by Joshua Bearman.) To rescue the six before their whereabouts are discovered, the CIA’s top “exfiltration” operative, Tony Mendez—a real-life figure played by Mr. Affleck—devises a cloak-and-camera plan to sneak into Iran, give the sequestered Americans new identities as Canadian filmmakers scouting locations for a sci-fi film called “Argo,” then whisk them out on a regular commercial flight from Tehran’s international airport.
It’s often said of incredible but true stories that you can’t make such stuff up. Sure you can; you’re free to do whatever you want in the wonderful world of motion pictures. But you wouldn’t want to make this story up if it weren’t rooted in reality, because Tony’s plan is, before anything else, utterly preposterous as well as inventive and wildly daring: “This is the best bad idea we have, sir,” his superior, Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston), tells the CIA’s director in a meeting at Langley headquarters.”
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