Argo (2012)

I normally hate movies that are nominated for Best Picture.  I hardly ever watch the Oscars.  My buddy Mike has Oscar pools where you can pick the winners with big cash prizes.  I never play because I never pay attention enough.  It’s so boring.  Every now and then I will check one out, but normally, the best picture nominees are saved for piece of garbage movies that dumb dumbs like me refuse to spend their money on.

I really wanted to see Argo when it came out in theaters.  Two things I love in a movie are “based on a true story,” and all the Affleck I can get.  What has two thumbs and loves him some Affleck?  This guy.  Don’t even get me started on how excited I am that he is going to be Batman.  I don’t even hate Daredevil.  Unfortunately, the movie came out 2 weeks before my second daughter was born.  Leaving the family to go see a movie at that point really wasn’t an option.  And it took this long to rent it.  I’m not really sure why.

Argo, as I said, is based on the real Iran hostage crisis in the late 1970’s, in which six Americans were rescued from Tehran after being held for over a year.  Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA specialist who comes up with the idea to make a fake movie based out of Canada and pretend the hostages are part of the crew.  He starts a production company, buys a script for a science fiction movie called Argo, and plans to fly to Iran and simply walk the hostages out of the country.

For someone like me, this movie is amazing.  I love historical shows or movies.  Unfortunately, this is filled with inaccuracies.  Luckily, if you’re like me, and are vaguely educated on the crisis, you won’t notice where the true story ends, and the Hollywood starts.  I had to know, and looked up how much they changed the truth though.  I won’t spoil anything here, but many of the changes are obvious when watching the film.  So it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment.  Unless you’re Canadian.  Then I’d suspect you have a reason to be a little pissed off.

I’m guessing everyone who wanted to see this movie has seen this movie by now.  So there’s really no spoiling anything.  But for a movie that was nominated for a best picture, usually a clear indication that I want nothing to do with the film, this was brilliant.  I would have liked it more had it been more historically accurate, but I guess that’s what documentaries are for.  I don’t think the drama would have been as high had the story been told accurately.  It’s kind of like The Perfect Storm.  This movie was based on a true story as well.  But all we know for sure is the boat went out to sea and never came back.  Not really all that thrilling.  But that movie has George Clooney, so of course it made a gazillion dollars.


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