Year of release: 2012
Director: Ben Affleck
Writers: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (book), Joshuah Bearman (article)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, etc.
Just as “The Artist”, the winner of the Oscar for Best Motion Picture in 2012, “Argo” is a tribute to the American film industry – perfectly well deserved Oscar, for that matter. I think people sometimes tend to consider these awards indicators of value, and they are not always that – but that’s a completely different discussion. In this case, the movie is good – good story, good pace, very enjoyable. It has everything: from the real-life story to artistic talent, skillful production, and American patriotism. It’s funny, dramatic, idealistic. Not as deep and focused on existential issues as I like movies to be, but definitely pushing a few psychological and emotional buttons. Personally, I would have preferred a different portrayal of Muslims, although I understand how it served the movie. The world today needs (and is able to build) bridges of understanding, not to enhance stereotypes.
It’s well put together, and works great as a whole.
It’s too clean, too straight, too Hollywood. It could have used a bit of quirkiness and a few questions left unanswered 🙂
Would I see it again? – Yes
My Rating (1 to 10): 9.5
Remember, it’s only a movie.