'Argo' Review By Bawnian©-Dexeus
Operation Canadian Caper is a go. I repeat! Operation Canadian Caper is a go.
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, Tate Donovan, Kyle Chandler, Victor Garber, Richard Kind, Zeljko Ivanek and Chris Messina.
I'd include the other five cast members who play the characters of the escaped Americans, but let's be honest, their importance is as significant as Afflecks hair in this movie. Why? Because you went to see it for the man behind the camera and for a story you didn't know even existed until now. I speak for of course my age group and other people. I could be wrong, but hey, we're not all always right. But just in case, Argo F&*K Yourself.
I guess it all started with The Town. Great crop of performances, story, ending and of course, Ben Affleck. Why him? You know I never took his seriously as an actor? I didn't hate him, just wasn't on my radar for a celebrity that I would go out of my way to see in his/her next project. Then, after absorbing the spectacle that was The Town two years ago, the man earned my respect as not just an actor, but a new director in the ranks of the new wave of artists bombarding the industry.Argo takes place during the Iranian revolution that forced a large group of americans at the American Embassy to be subjected to torture and imprisonment for a total of 444 days (more or less). In that time, six individuals escaped and hit at the Canadian Embassy. CIA exfiltration specialist Antonio "Tony" Mendez (Affleck) is sent comes up with a plan; to create a fake movie production that would need location scouting in Iran as a means to take the escaped individuals and bring them back home.
Now I've read the article on Wired published back in 2007 written by Joshuah Bearman
that was used to create the script for the movie. This is what we call a treatment. Now you know why it took me awhile to get to this review. I simply wanted to make sure I covered the points I needed. In 1969 a novel was published, which won some awards, named Lord of Light. Adapted as a screenplay and later titled Argo, it was used to save our six Americans. Just thought you might want to know a piece of declassified history.
Ben Affleck can direct, also, he and his team could have messed with the story a little. It was predictable in the end, but he managed to add some pause/ slow paced shots that could have lead me to believe something else was gonna happen but fool me afterwards. He captures the tension, distress, death, tranquility, chaos, hope, and heroism. Like any good or great director, the job is to capture the moment so that what he/she wants to see, we the audience can see. Overall, it's a success for the man.
Now, back to the whole "mess with the story". When it comes to true stories, you can basically do whatever you want with it to the limitations of your imagination. The writers could have focused on the preparations of Studio Six and the movie industry chronology that had to have taken place in order to successfully create a fake production studio. They could have also focused on the Six Americans and horror they had to witness during their disconnection to the real world, hoping to be rescued. Finally, the writers could have focused on the captured American prisoners and what devastation their psychology and morality had to endure in over a year of imprisonment under the tyranny of a blind country. Basically, my point, is that Argo could have been much more, instead of taking the Pearl Harbor approach.
Lack of creativity aside, Argo boasts well by it's careful cast of actors. The duo of John Goodman and Alan Arkin as the veteran oscar winner for makeup artist for Plane of the Apes John Chambers and a successful film producer, Larry Siegel. Given their history with the audience and the various roles they have taken, their charismatic natural performances fit their characters so well, you beleive they are the veterans of the past. Then we have Heisenberg himself, Bryan Cranston playing Mendez's boss, where he finally shines and moves from regular cameo to important secondary character. Actions may speak louder than words, but the words spoken are so convincing and hypnotic, you are fully satisfied by the dark yet hilarious humor that makes this movie an easy well paced drama. Lastly, and this is the only semi problem. Ben Affleck plays a Latino American. Really?
Overall, Argo is another addition to Ben Afflecks success as an actor turned director, even though the job could have tapped far better elements than it did.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.