As traumatizing as the Iranian hostage crisis was for the U.S., it’s surprising how limited the number of movies that have been on the subject. Considering the political turmoil emanating from this region, it’s even more true.
Overshadowed by the Cold War and the later Middle Eastern problems, the hostage crisis is drawn into focus with the all-star cast of “Argo.”
After his directorial success on “Gone Baby Gone” and “Town,” Ben Affleck has gained acceptance as a serious director. With the addition of “Argo” to his directing credits, Affleck may be moving to a stage where he is producing the finest American films being made today.
And this from a man who’s acting career is still rebounding from Bennifer and “Gigli.” Affleck pulls double duty in “Argo,” displaying a more mature acting style as well.
“Argo” shifts in mood throughout, sometimes a thriller and at other times a dark comedy. It’s a fearless movie and part of its authentic texture is that it feels like a 70s movie. For better or worse, it was a period that allowed for small stories on the big screen and a level of experimental strangeness that we’re seeing less of lately.
Expect to hear more about “Argo” as the Academy Award season sneaks up on us. It’s one of the rare films that mixes an important (and true) story with both humor and tension.
- John Geddie likes the idea of being a big shot without doing any work, but seems pointed toward the exact opposite.