Argo is a true story about the U.S. Embassy in Iran during the tumultuous turnover of regimes in 1979.
One of the most delightful aspects of the movie is its newsreel flashbacks of demonstrators protesting outside the US Embassy and then switching to the actors who are protesting. Very good.
And I can’t help remembering, as it’s been two weeks since I’ve seen the movie, the wardrobe of the era perfectly portrayed in the movie … plaid pants, turtlenecks and huge eye glasses (omg, did I wear that!!)
A byline to the Embassy’s takeover, which I was never aware of, is how six members of our Embassy escaped during those first hours when the protesters starting to literally break into the Embassy.
Chaos ensued and six employees took it upon themselves to get the hell out of there.
But where to go? Well, I don’t want to spoil the plot too much, but not every consulate rushed forward to aid our side.
But Canada did and our six US citizens were able to hold up with the Canadians.
But for how long? And this is where the suspense comes in. Masters of the takeover realize people are missing and are putting together actual ‘pieces of the puzzle’ to find out who is missing and then, where did they go?! The movie, dialogue and location shooting take us out of the confines of the embassy to the streets and bazaar of Tehran.
The second scenario is what was happening in America at that time and with the CIA. They find out what is happening but what can they do about it?
Ben Affleck plays the real life Tony Mendez who comes up with a hair-brained scheme to have … and you’ll find out the rest when you see the movie.
Very good acting, script and some real life suspense. The movie does not bring in the political aspects that could have destroyed the movie’s effectiveness.
The suspense gets a little slow during the middle of the movie and the dialogue bogs down.
I had some jabs from the spouse because, to her ears, my heavy breathing was becoming too loud! Huh.
I wouldn’t call Argo an Oscar candidate movie, but it is solid and worth the price of a ticket.
But considering most of the movies we have to choose from, it may be an Oscar candidate.
Coming soon … Denzel Washington’s movie and for next year we have coming … The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp as Tonto! (Can you imagine that one?)