120 Min | Biography – Drama – History | January 2013
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Director: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Argo Review: Argo is a great movie. The story, acting, pacing, editing, etc. was just fantastic. Affleck’s directing was solid, and the suspense will keep you entertained right through to the last seconds. It did have one irritating thing, though, kind of a big one. It pointed most of the accolades to Affleck’s character and the CIA. This really was not true. It was Ken Taylor and the Canadians who really pulled ‘the Canadian Caper’ off so successfully. “When Taylor heard a few years ago that Mendez had sold movie rights to his book (which, to be fair, is much more generous than the movie about Canada’s role), ‘Well, that’s going to be interesting.’ “The movie’s fun, it’s thrilling, it’s pertinent, it’s timely,” he said. “But look, Canada was not merely standing around watching events take place. The CIA was a junior partner.”
“The old postscript sent the message that, for political reasons, Canada took the credit. A sarcastic kicker noted that Taylor received 112 citations. The clear implication was that he did not deserve them.”(Sept/Oct., 2012, thestar.com)”. So the USA does another revision on history here. I believe ‘Argo’ goes this far. Yes, it’s based on a true story – the movie does it’s best to allude that it sticks to technical accuracy. And it really does, in some ways. Historical pictures of flag burners, rioters, gate climbers, etc.. up against Argo film stills run by during the credits make it seem that the facts were adhered to down to the tiniest detail. In reality, it wasn’t Tony Mendez or the CIA who were responsible for the success of this operation; actually they were barely there.
Since the movie premiered, Ben Affleck has added emphasis on the movie postscripts since then that gives kudos to the Canadians’ role. This was after Ken Taylor politely complained, as a Canadian would tactfully do. But Affleck did this only after pressure from Taylor himself. But Argo needs to let the audience know that more explicitly than it does, even after the changed postscripts. Still, a really entertaining and riveting film, very well done, and easily worth seeing. As a matter of fact, don’t miss it.