Run time: 120 mins
A bow to Affleck’s real-life ingenious spy: Tony Mendez who died in February.
This beautifully drawn account of a real event, skilfully plays the truth against undoubted, delicious poetic license to make a riveting tale, of a catastrophic real-world moment and turning it in as a thrilling tight-lipped caper.
When Iran’s revolutionary guard seized Tehran’s US Embassy in 1979’ six staff managed to escape, finding frantic refuge in the Canadian ambassador’s official residence. Plotting their only hope of escaping alive, a hapless US black-ops committee ‘hire’ the best CIA extractor. Enter big Ben Affleck playing the real-life hero-huge: Tony Mendez.
Two ingenious contrasts. Tehran: a thriller so tense you’ll be chewing every gasp. And a Hollywood sweet relief. Two jaded old-Hollywood ‘been-theres’ Alan Arkin and John Goodman take on Argo as the ‘best worst idea’. Big Ben’s stoic walk-on part is directorily squashed under the weight of these two mammoth supporting roles. Mr Arkin’s unequivocal verbal brush-off has become the occasional Rex maxim for absurd complaints. Won 3 fat Oscars (2012/13) And… today by happy chance, 26th March 2019 we celebrate the sharing of Alan Arkin’s, with my brothers’ birthday. One dead man celebrated, ‘two’ birthdays. Winning on points…