Argo is the story of six American diplomats who escaped the US embassy in Tehran while it was being sieged during the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979. The six find refuge at the Canadien ambassador's house, but are under a ticking clock. The leaders of the revolution are putting together shreds of paper and will soon realize that the six have escaped. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) is a CIA expert tasked with getting the six out of Tehran. He comes up with a plan that involves posing as a film crew for an exotic science fiction movie and using that to get them out of Tehran. He comes up with a whole fake operation including makeup expert John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and the question still remains: will Tony's plan work?
The story is very emotional as well. You feel for the hostages, you want them to get out. Towards the end of the film, I felt so frustrated, I was like come on get out! The tension at the end of the film is not caused by excessive gun chases, but by the fact that it's just intense. There is a good chance they will be killed and throughout the final scenes it is very tense.
The best parts of the story for me were the Hollywood parts. Argo shows Hollywood when the Hollywood sign was in pieces and everyone was trying to make Star Wars copies. It lovingly pays homage to Hollywood while also making fun of it. I had a smile on my face throughout most of those scenes.
Argo is one of the best films of the year. Granted, this is one of the weakest years I have seen but still this is a very good film. I don't have very many criticisms. Affleck isn't great as Mendez but he is good and there are a couple moments where it is slow but overall it is a very strong film. Argo is rated R for language and some violent images. It has very many uses of the f-bomb including a repeated phrase that will definitely get the crowd laughing. Go see Argo, it's one of the best films of the year.
THE FINAL GRADE: A+ (10/10)