If I had to guess, Argo will be nominated for Best Picture next year and will be one of the AFI’s 10 best movies for this year.
I haven’t seen many movies in the theater this year (literally four, counting Argo—I counted) so it may be suspect when I say that Argo is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Even so, it absolutely is.
Ben Affleck is a decent actor but a great director. This is the third movie he directed (the other two are Gone Baby Gone and The Town) and each movie is getting better. I hear that his fourth movie is going to be the American version of Tell No One, and that would be wonderful if it’s true.
This is based on a true story. In 1980, Iranians stormed the American embassy there and held the workers hostage for over a year. What they didn’t know, however, is that six of the workers managed to escape and are currently hiding out at the Canadian ambassador’s house.
The CIA hatches this completely insane plot to get them out: pretend the six Americans are part of a film crew (from Canada) and get them out of the country. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually the best idea they have. Ben Affleck plays the guy who goes to Iran and gets them out.
I’m not sure exactly how much of the movie is true (as in, yes, it’s based on a true story, but how faithful is the movie to what actually happened?) but either way, it’s amazing.