Film #70: Argo (2012)

121016_CB_ArgoMarkLijek.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-largeDirected by: Ben Affleck
language: English with some Farsi, Arabic
length: 120 minutes
watched on: 21 November 2012

I went to see this on the recommendation of Mark Kermode, after I was surprised to find out that it was one of the few movies that came out in Japan at the same time as in Britain. It didn’t disappoint. It’s based on a true story that happened during the Iranian Revolution, where the US embassy is stormed and six diplomats hide out in the Canadian ambassador’s house. Then an “exfiltration” expert suggests that they travel over there pretending to make a film and smuggle the others back as part of a film crew.

As the film deals with the film industry, indirectly, as a subject, it did have a tendency to take potshots at the industry, which came across as self-indulgent at times. And the ending was very certainly dramatised to a high degree. But those were basically the only major complaints. The film tells its story well and fairly simply, and really recreates a 1970s image quite well, so that even people like me who weren’t alive at the time almost feel transported back (although the number of moustaches almost becomes laughable at a few points). It’s good.

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