Flash Movie Review: Argo

I could not wait to post this review, pushing aside what I was working on already. After seeing this film last night, I am happy to report the hype you have heard is all true. Hollywood can confidently welcome into her arms a new generation of filmmakers in the form of Ben Affleck (The Town, Hollywoodland). They say the 3rd time is the charm and that is so true here with Ben’s 3rd outing as director of this movie based on a true story. Ben has shown his true talent is his amazing directing skills. A critical time in history, the story was set during the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis. Six Americans escaped from the American embassy as it was overrun by revolutionaries, finding refuge in the Canadian Ambassador’s residence. It would be only a matter of time before they would be found. Ben Affleck played CIA specialist Tony Mendez who devised an outrageous plan for what most believed was a no win situation. Pretending to be part of a Canadian film crew, he would fly into Iran to scout out film locations then fly the 6 Americans out as part of his crew. To accomplish this never before done rescue operation Tony would need to set up a fake film production company. He turned to film producer Lester Siegel, played by Alan Arkin (Get Smart, Little Miss Sunshine), and special effects expert John Chambers, played by John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Roseanne-TV), to set up a fake film production company. The pacing of the story was well thought out, skillfully using Alan and John for comic relief as the tension rose to a crescendo. I loved the graininess to the film that added an authenticity to the period being shown. Here is the bottom line: this movie did everything right to give the viewer what I felt was a flawless experience. Along with prime acting, including Bryan Cranston (Drive, Breaking Bad-TV) as Tony’s boss Jack O’Donnell, the story was told brilliantly. Hollywood, the CIA, world governments and real people all expertly handled and meticulously placed in the gifted hands of Ben Affleck. C’mon Oscar nominations, this movie is waiting for you.

4 stars 

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 13, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Wow! I know those 4 stars are hard to come by!

  2. I’m quite a fan of Ben Affleck’s directorial works, so am really excited to see this one, especially after this review. The full 4 stars! MMmmmm, can’t wait.

  3. That trailer looks good. This movie wasn’t even on my radar before. Thanks for the review.

  4. Thank you for the review! I’m looking so forward to seeing “Argo.” I’m glad it lives up to the hype. Thank you also for stopping by Travel Oops and checking out the photo of La Boqueria in Barcelona! Steph

  5. the Bones of my Feet

    Great review, I have seen the Town and thought it was well done. I will look into Hollywoodland, and I will see this film.

  6. So wanna watch this, but it’s not scheduled to hit our screens anytime soon.
    With any luck, it’ll arrive according to the tentative scheduled date of January 31, 2013… if not earlier or removed from the schedule completely.

  7. Good review; looking forward to seeing this movie. I hope this means Ben’s trials are behind him for good.

  8. We just saw this film. It was EXCELLENT. It is the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time and your review of it is spot on. I’d almost give it five stars — excellent writing, direction and at the end of the movie, we get to see the actual people involved. I can’t say enough! GO SEE THIS MOVIE. This should receive an Oscar.

  9. Loved this film. I’m sure everyone in the theater did – everyone spontaneously clapped at the end.

  10. I will have to put this movie on my must see list! Thank You for the review. :+)

  11. Ben Affleck does get better and better…

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  13. Wow. I can’t believe this happened! What a great premise for a movie. I gotta admit the name Ben Affleck does not have me running to the theater – thank you for helping me rethink that theory. This looks great! I am lovin’ the movies you choose review. They look like movies I actually might want to see 🙂 That rocks!

  14. Oh I do love a good testimonial while deciding which movies to drop the cash on! Nice job and I will check this one out- thanks!

  15. Finally just saw it tonight, and wow! Great review as well. Also, dont forget Affleck did Gone Baby Gone, another great film.

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