Ben Affleck's ARGO

I was surprised to find no matches when I searched for this here, given how many avid film fans we have in our community.

Firstly, here's the trailer:

Now, I just watched this tonight, and I freakin' loved it. But it might be a sensible subject, and I'd love to hear what you guys have to say about it.

Personally, I was intrigued by Gone Baby Gone. I then thoroughly approved of his talent with The Town. After this one, I can surely say Affleck's really matured into a great filmmaker. He is definitely NOT, a one-hit wonder.

Thoughts?

I saw this one a couple of weeks ago, and then I listened to an audiobook about the CIA-backed coup a while earlier that would eventually lead to the hostage crisis.

I thought it was a nice, taut heist film with a particularly good sense of tension, but I'm inclined to question their decision to hone those elements so sharply while largely ignoring the surrounding politics (except, of course, to provide a cursory set up of the situation right at the beginning). These events are tied very closely to the rise of the CIA as well as the fall of Iran into autocracy, and I would claim that the laser-like focus on what is essentially a CIA humanitarian mission at the expense of this other stuff cannot help but distort history somewhat.

Politics aside, this is a good film. I'm really happy for Affleck, who seems to have found his place in the industry. Now I'm just waiting for him and Damon to get on a joint project.

I agree that this was a great movie.

Argo f*** yourself!

I've heard very good thing about this and look forward to being able to watch it. Freakin' Japan.

We saw this with friends last weekend, but I was too lazy to start a thread.

I thought it was great... mildly historically accurate spy movies really turn my crank so I have nothing but praise. I'd go see it again.

Spoiler:

At the storyboard part my friend and I were yelling "Sell it! Sell it!" at the screen... I love history dork suspense :D

With hunters in my family, I fully expected to see him driving a six or eight wheel amphibious vehicle.

4xis.black wrote:

I saw this one a couple of weeks ago, and then I listened to an audiobook about the CIA-backed coup a while earlier that would eventually lead to the hostage crisis.

I thought it was a nice, taut heist film with a particularly good sense of tension, but I'm inclined to question their decision to hone those elements so sharply while largely ignoring the surrounding politics (except, of course, to provide a cursory set up of the situation right at the beginning). These events are tied very closely to the rise of the CIA as well as the fall of Iran into autocracy, and I would claim that the laser-like focus on what is essentially a CIA humanitarian mission at the expense of this other stuff cannot help but distort history somewhat.

I agree that the abbreviated back story offered wouldn't have worked for an installment of Frontline but it's more than sufficient for the film. I guess some might take issue with Affleck's heroic treatment of Mendez as somehow glorifying the Agency as a whole. I think that would be a mistake. Hollywood has never been obsessed with historical accuracy, and the fact that Argo comes through with a somewhat palatable version of the facts may be the most impressive feature of this excellent film.

Saw it. Great movie. Very entertaining. I wish filmmakers approached historical moves with less sense of patriotic pride but it is to be expected.

Arkin and Goodman were outstanding in their scenes. Cranston was equally as good but for different reasons. He does impassioned anger so well.

I thought the opening set up was a good condensed version of what the audience needs to no. Iran is in that state. The people are angry and they have a right to be. Got it across quite quick. I didn't like how the CIA was so prominent considering most of the reports and records I've read have indicated that it was Ottawa, Tony Mendez, and the Canadian Embassy staff that were the driving force and the CIA was a junior partner. Ignoring that, taking it as a film, it was great.

I am so happy that Argo got the SAG award for cast ensemble. Everyone in that cast was rock solid. The guy that was the leader of the hostages, that explained the storyboards in Farsi, was fantastic. Cranston was definitely amazing as was Goodman and Arkin in their limited screen time.

I thought it was a far superior movie to Lincoln which I'd give a C+.

@vector - it was based on the book written by Mendez and if you really think about it, the movie portrayed it as most of the work done by Mendez, his Hollywood team and the Canadian Ambassadors. The CIA was lukewarm to the plan and unwittingly working against it.

fangblackbone wrote:

I am so happy that Argo got the SAG award for cast ensemble. Everyone in that cast was rock solid. The guy that was the leader of the hostages, that explained the storyboards in Farsi, was fantastic. Cranston was definitely amazing as was Goodman and Arkin in their limited screen time.

He was excellent but he wasn't the leader of the hostages. The older guy who played the director was.

fangblackbone wrote:

@vector - it was based on the book written by Mendez and if you really think about it, the movie portrayed it as most of the work done by Mendez, his Hollywood team and the Canadian Ambassadors. The CIA was lukewarm to the plan and unwittingly working against it.

Oh, I get it. I wouldn't want to change the structure of the movie or how it worked. Was greatly put together. It's just the end part where Cranston and the two other CIA guys are saying how the Canadians will get credit because the world can't know what the CIA did when in reality the CIA didn't do most of what they were shown as doing. One example were the tickets were purchase by the Ambassador's wife.