Argo is the best movie so far from director Ben Affleck. It is a brilliant thriller that features smart writing and crisp editing. It is based on the real life drama in 1980 of six Americans who barely escape from the United States embassy after it was overrun by Iranian rioters.
After they escaped from the embassy, the Americans stayed in Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor’s (Victor Garber) house. They stayed there for two years before CIA operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) produces a plan to get them out of the country. His plan involves disguising them as a film crew scouting for locations in Iran.
Affleck shows that he is serious behind the camera. He puts the audience in a tense situation right from the start with the use of tension and suspense. The excitement continues from start to finish. The audience is placed inside the movie’s environment.
It also has the right amount of humor to lighten up the mood at the right time. In charge of comedic relief are John Goodman as makeup artist John Chambers and Alan Arkin as movie producer Lester Siegel. They argue a lot, even about the smallest details.
It is these moments that helped Argo be more than just a movie. It keeps the audience at the edge of their seats as the film go from one tense moment to another. Viewers cringe and wait as the movie builds up the tension.
Argo’s championing humanity has helped it win various awards such as Best Adapted Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Best Motion Picture and Best Director from the Golden Globes, and seven nominations from the Academy Award. Argo is praised by a lot of critics and is arguably one of the best drama movies of the year.