[Movie Review] Argo


Director: Ben Affleck(The Town, Gone baby Gone)

Screenwriter: Chris Terrio

Cast: Ben Affleck(Daredevil,The Town), Bryan Cranston (Drive, Contagion), Alan Arkin(The Muppets, Little Miss Sunshine) and John Goodman (The Artist, Monsters, Inc), Victor Garber (Kung Fu Panda 2, Legally Blonde)

M.Y: A couple of months back, while playing around on YouTube, I stumbled on the trailer to a certain movie named Argo. Recognizing Ben Affleck, I decided to watch the trailer, and oh my, was it gripping or what?

Zubby: I mean, the trailer itself was so intense and electrifying. The movie is loosely based on true events and about the rescue of 6 Americans trapped in the Canadian ambassador’s house in Iran during the Iranian revolution in 1979.

M.Y: CIA operative and “exfiltration” specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a plan which was regarded as the “best worst plan” to get the trapped Americans out of the country.


The Script


M.Y: The script is built around an article, The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman and The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez(The character Ben Affleck also happened to play) about how the CIA used a fake Sci-fi flick to save the lives of Americans trapped in Tehran. The true events were twisted and made into a classic combination of a historical drama, political thriller and the cinematic tweaks.

Zubby: For a movie which is being rumored to be one of the contenders for the “Best picture of the Year Award” at the Oscars, then everything had to be perfect.

M.Y: A script with the most suspense I have seen since Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige“, nobody in the cinema was breathing, and I was at the edge of my seat, going back and forth between gripping the seat and biting my nails.

Zubby: LOL…Well, for a relatively new and young scriptwriter, this is one guy I would want to look out for in future movies. The amount of research put into the movie was incredible, I wasn’t born in the 70’s.

MY: Are you sure, with those strands of white growing on your head already?

Zubby: LOL…You know, that’s my secret lady killing charm. Anyways, Argo gave me a feel of the 70’s. Down to the old Warner Bros. logo which I found really cool.


The Directing


M.Y: Actor turned director Ben Affleck has finally made it clear that he is a better director than the good actor he already is. Let’s ignore some terrible crimes he committed in the past like “Daredevil”.

Zubby: I don’t know how hard it is, but I know acting and directing on the same movie would be a really big task to pull off, but flaws were hardly noticed in the movie.

M.Y: Was it just me, or did the digital/grainy kinda look of the movie really look cool and make it look like an original 70’s movie.

Zubby: It was an awesome concept to me mehn. I loved the creativity. I also loved the idea of the movie having the right amount of humor while being very serious at the same time.

M.Y: Most of all, what I appreciate from the movie, like I said earlier, was the suspense and intrigue. The last 30mins happened to be a ride you would be glad you took, even if you know the end of the story (very few of us did, I never did anyways). It will still intrigue you to find out how it was done. The fact that an  historical drama was twisted into making such a fantastically tense movie makes you ignore the rules and just go with the flow.


The Acting


Zubby: The actors in this movie were just top notch. Not very familiar faces, but excellent interpretation of their roles. Ben Affleck was almost unrecognizable to me, the beards and long hair seemed really creepy.

M.Y: John Goodman and Alan Arkin’s characters seemed to be the best for me in the movie. I loved the way the duo flowed with very smooth chemistry. The angry mob in the beginning and the market scene were also really a pleasure to watch. They kinda gave the picture of what Iran was like during their revolution.

Argo1John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck.


Our Verdict


M.Y: Seriously, after praising a movie from start to finish, what other rating were you expecting, its Popcorn and Soda all the way for this movie and definitely a contender for the Popcorn, Soda and Hotdog position.

Zubby: Till Thursday when we review S&P Top 10 Movie Villains, Argo f**k yourselves. Didn’t get that? Then drag your butt to the cinema closest to you and see the damn awesome movie, you will when you are done.