Argo

Posted on October 13, 2012

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Argo – Remember the Iranian hostage crisis back in 1979 when the Canadians got six US Embassy employees safely home?    Islamic militants mob the embassy and take 50 some hostages, six get away and are hidden by Canada’s ambassador.  CIA’s Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes to town acting as a movie maker and sneaks the six out disguised as his crew.  The first part gives you all the background, interspersed with actual news reports from Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Mike Wallace, etc.    The last part is nail-biting suspense when they go through airport security and while cop cars are chasing the plane down the runway.  You can feel the emotions and the overwhelming relief once they realize they are safe. 

 Affleck plays it very understated with sincerity and minute facial movements.  John Goodman and Alan Arkin as the Hollywood folks are real standouts.  The credits state that “some scenes are fictionalized from dramatic purposes.”  I figured that must have been all the clever, funny remarks made by Goodman and Arkin.  They are both just excellent here.  All around, there’s a lot of good acting, good history lesson, and a look back at clothes and eyeglass styles of the 70’s.  Thanks again to Canada and Hollywood.  Oh, you’ll find out the answer to “Knock, knock.”  “Who’s There?”  “Argo.”  “Argo who.”  “Argo,…….”

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