Director: Ben Affleck
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston & John Goodman
Say what you will about Ben Affleck, but that man knows how to make a film! After garnering much critical acclaim for his first two feature films, ''Gone Baby Gone'' in 2007 and ''The Town'' in 2010, In 2012, Affleck returns both behind an infront of the camera as he tackles the true story of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis.
Affleck stars as CIA specialist Tony Mendez, who has been brought in as a consultant when six Americans are held Hostage in Iran after taking refuge in the home of The Canadian Ambassador. Running out of options and time, Mendez suggest creating a fake movie production of a Star Wars like Sci-Fi film titled 'Argo' to go into Iran,retrieve the Americans and escape. This creates a complex and celebrate set up as Mendez enlists the help of Academy Award Winning Make-Up Artist John Chamber (John Goodman) and Film Producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin). Mendez heads to Iran with the lives of six people in his hands.
First off, the film is expertly Directed by Affleck, the man really understands how to depict visceral realism, he succeeded with that in 'The Town' and he goes one better here, creating horrifying,intense and nail biting riot scenes that make you feel like your involved. Affleck handles the source material with brilliance and creates a highly realistic depiction of the 1970's, from the cameras to the clothes it feels like this film was made four decades ago.
There are great performances all throughout the film. Affleck does a fine job in the lead and supported by an excellent cast. John Goodman and Alan Arkin are both fantastic and provide some much needed comedic relief at times. As always Bryan Cranston is terrific, he doesn't really get much to work with but he does an admirable job anyway. The cast that play the hostages are also very good and give realistic portrayals.
I'm really sure how truthful the film is but as Roger Ebert once said ''I believe films are the wrong medium for fact. Fact belongs in print. Films are about emotions.'' 'Argo' truly captures emotion, It is a frantic and triumphant tale of courage and standing up in the face of adversity.
'Argo' is easily among the very best films of 2012, Phenomenal Direction and terrific performances. Affleck is 3 for 3 Directing wise! Highly Recommended.