A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.
What I thought of it:
Argo is quite possibly the best and most important film never made. It has become a byword for the ingenuity and daring of the intelligence community when it comes to the crunch. This film about a fake film that was used as a cover story to effect an astonishing rescue is no less brilliant and important, and it showcases Affleck’s talents as a director with flair and gravitas.
I have to say, I actually prefer Affleck as a director than I do an actor. There’s no doubt he has presence and acting ability, but I think it will be his sterling work behind the camera for which he will eventually be best remembered, and that is no bad thing, because seriously, the man has found the job he was meant to do!
The cast are superb and very well directed by their co-star – everyone just gels so perfectly and the performances fit together like the pieces of an intricate puzzle. The plot would be completely unbelieveable if we didn’t already know it was true, but the writing keeps it all together and just shows it like it was – hair-raisingly terrifying, dangerous, and incredibly clever.
Affleck has been raking in the Best Director awards for this film, and rightly so, and Argo has scooped a few Best Motion Picture awards too. It may have a chance of walking away with the big prize at the Oscars, even if the director has inexplicably been snubbed in the other category.
Affleck must have really p*ssed somebody off not to get nominated for the Best Director Oscar, but he’s proven his skill and worth as a director anyway. Maybe next time they’ll honour him with the nomination…