Argo – 5 out of 5
Boy…did that trailer look awesome. Shit, it should have won Best Picture for that trailer alone. However, great trailer and its use of one of the only Aerosmith songs I can stand aside this movie is amazing and quickly proves that Ben Affleck is not only a talented actor who has successfully been able to put Gigli behind him but is also an amazing director…actually, he’s been proving that with each and every film he’s directed and acted in for the last few years.
|"Are you saying you doubted my talent...or my beard?"|
Based on the true story of the Iran hostage situation of the late 70s/early 80s, Argo tells the story of 6 U.S. Embassy employees who were able to escape the building when militants stormed the building and hid in the home of the Canadian Ambassador. The CIA quickly needed to come up with an idea to get them out but they all sucked so they called in Tony Mendez (Affleck) to think outside the box during a time when thinking outside the box wasn’t an irritating cliché and parody fodder for a fast-food joint. Mendez, after watching Escape from the Planet of the Apes, comes up with the idea of getting the six out by pretending to be a film crew on a location scouting trip.
|"Hello? You'll have to speak up because I'm John Goodman and I can't hear you|
over how awesome myself and Alan Arkin are."
Mendez gets the go-ahead from his superior in the CIA; Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston—fill in your own meth jokes in this review because I’m not going to do any), and he seeks out famed make-up artist; John Chambers (John Goodman), and producer; Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin), to come up with the Sci-Fi film Argo that will act as their fake movie so they have the credentials to get in and get them out. However, the militants who stormed the embassy are quickly learning of the six escapees' location and it becomes a race against time to get out of Dodge before they are discovered and their cover blown.
|Dammit...I am really fighting making a Heisenberg reference right now.|
After watching this it’s no wonder it won this year’s Best Picture (althgouh why Affleck didn't win Best Director is still a mystery)—in fact, I’m actually surprised it didn’t just flat out steal the entire Oscars because the movie is nothing short of amazing. The story is incredible and tense, the acting is strikingly epic and all the technical work is as close to perfection as you can get.
|Perfection is almost assured when you have John Goodman in the movie.|
Granted the film took A LOT of liberties with the story in order to tell a very tense and dramatic film. However, this is just expected when films are based on an actual story because reality is rarely as amazing as movies show it to be…unless you’re a teenage girl on Facebook then movies are nowhere near as dramatic as real life. These liberties ended up making the film even more gut-wrenching as Affleck uses tremendous shots, insanely tight editing and sound use to make the film so intense that I found my heart racing, my palms sweating and my breath quickening as I was sucked completely into the film. I found myself ready to leap in the air waiting for the moment to cheer when the six got away and, as the impending doom of a possible capture built, I feared the film would end on a bad note—even thought I already knew they all got away.
|The tie came undone due to Arkin's uncontainable talent.|
Affleck’s performance as Mendez carried the film amazingly (and not just because he has a great beard in the film) but jaw-dropping performances were just saturated in this film. Cranston, who’s no stranger to frighteningly realistic acting, is great to watch but you also have Arkin and Goodman in roles that are able to bring both drama and some humor to the film.
|Even that beard is acting the fuck out of its role.|
|"It's not a porn movie. Why do you ask? It's the ascot|
|Honestly, how can you hate on that 'stache?|
Argo is one of those few films that I agreed with when the Academy sent their ruling from on high in