Film review “Argo”
Argo, is a dark comedy that pushes people to the end of their seats with suspense while explaining a time in history when the politics and relationship between Iran and the U.S grew tense.
Ben Affleck is both the director and leading man of the film, and delivers a believable performance as CIA operative Tony Mendez.
Mendez, along with five other American officials find themselves caught in the middle of the Iranian Revolution on November 4, 1979.
The tempers of the Iranians grow high until they can no longer contain them, and the Iranians raid the U.S embassy in Tehran taking a total of 52 Americans hostage.
Mendez and five other officials amazingly manage to escape from all the madness, and find safety in the house of a Canadian ambassador.
There Mendez and his comrades plot up a plan to escape out of the country that sounds so crazy, it might just work.
The bright lights of Hollywood is the glimmer of hope that the Americans hold on to, and the group settles on playing out the guise of being a Canadian film crew looking for places to shoot scenes in Iran for the new, Hollywood blockbuster sci-fi “Argo”
If everything goes according to the plan, after tricking the film industry and media into believing Argo is a new film, Mendez would get his hands on six Canadian passports, go back to Iran and fly his team out to Switzerland.
In order to make this lie seem as genuine as possible, Mendez flies out to Hollywood and begins to hire professionals for the fake movie, like real producer Lester Siegel, played by Alan Arkin and makeup artist John Chambers played by John Goodman.
Mendez even begins to publicize the film, placing ads in the paper and gaining media attention in a desperate attempt to cover up to the public that the film is a hoax.
The Hollywood involvement adds much needed comic relief to Argo. Without it audiences would be facing the reality that the Iran and U.S relationship to this day is taut and can quickly turn volatile.
Argo is a film that shows viewers why the Iranians mistrust the U.S but uses comedy to lighten up the film.
Overall, Argo contains great acting, a great plot, and a great ending. It has its’ moments where suspense runs high, but in the end is a comedy that brings a much needed laugh to a taught situation. Bravisimo!