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Argo: A Movie You Can’t Miss

Affleck’s Directing Skills Create a Masterpiece

Features Co-Editor

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012 16:11


Affleck directs and stars in “Argo.” Courtesy of The Daily Beast.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing Ben Affleck’s “Argo” for a while now, and it certainly did not disappoint. “Argo” is about the CIA’s operation to get six hostages out of radical, violent Iran during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis.

   Ben Affleck stars, produces and directs this amazing, interesting story, based on true events.

   The CIA launches an extremely secret operation retrieve the hostages by setting up an elaborate hoax, which makes the Iranian government believe the Americans (disguised as Canadians) are in the country to scout for locations for said-film.

   The title—”Argo”—is the title of the fake film, the CIA’s cover for the entire operation. Part based in California, part in Washington D.C., part in unsettling Iran, this film soars.

   The acting is flawless. Ben Affleck is often overlooked as a great actor; he shines in this movie, perhaps because of his own supreme directing skills.  
   It is impossible to be bored with a story this intense: I loved every second. From the hilarious Hollywood-ites who spearheaded the Argo hoax, played by Alan Arken and John Goodman, to the painful, nail-biting ending (that I won’t spoil here!): these factors make this movie fantastic.

   Additionally, the film uses real footage in the movie 1979, which is really interesting to watch. As the credits roll, be sure to stay after a look at how the movie version interpreted the photos from events such as the storming of the American embassy and real pictures of the hostages.

   After seeing this movie, you may wonder: how historically accurate is “Argo?”

   Indeed, there are many things accurately represented in this film, but the main concern from many historians is the role of Canada in this film. Affleck seems to brush aside Canada’s role in capturing the hostages, yet, in reality, they had much to do with the retrieval in Iran.

    The newspaper The Toronto Star explained that, “In reality, Canada was responsible for the six and the CIA was just a junior partner.” Believe what you will, “Argo” is made by an American, and therefore is biased towards an American audience. Regardless, despite debatable historical inaccuracies, this movie is unbelievably entertaining.

   This is undoubtedly one of the best films I have seen all year. This film interested you up until the credits rolled. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think any Holy Cross student would too.

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