Argo Movie Review
Overall, I found the movie very informational and taught me a lot without being a tedious lesson. Historically speaking, I think Argo was very accurate. About ninety eight percent of the information was on point. They recreated the events to make everything as closely as possible to the real events. All the little details from the way that they climbed over the fence to get into the embassy, to the clothing they used were as correct as possible. I’d say that the only thing that might have been altered was how the soldiers reacted at the third checkpoint of the crews escape.
This does not mean that this was projected wrong or inaccurate however, just that it is likely that the soldiers were not excited about learning of Argo, as they were shown to be. There wasn’t really any part in the movie in which I thought “that’s so fake” or “that doesn’t happen in real life”. I actually learned a lot from the movie. I learned why Iran disliked America so much, how Torres is a hero, and how by getting the credit, Canada benefited, but also lost privileges with Iran.
I recognized many of the actors because the cast hired for the movie was of high quality. Although some are less recognized or famous, within the bunch were many very well-known actors. They were all very capable as they showed emotion and sensitivity at all times. During no time of the movie did the scenes seem staged or amateur. Due to this, I could definitely sympathize with the characters. Everything was filled with emotion, from fear and desperation to happiness and relief. What they felt, I felt with them.
My favorite character was Torres because he was just so fearless and witty. He went against given orders to do what he thought was right; he risked his life, integrity, and job, all to save six strangers. In the end this all paid off. My least favorite character was one of the six people working in the embargo; the one that was given the role of assistant producer to be more exact. He was too arrogant for my taste. In the end however, his character seemed to evolve and through it mature.
The background and scenery definitely added to the enjoyment of the movie. I am not sure where the movie was filmed, but if they told me it was in Iran, I’d believe it. This is because the scenery was so authentic that you couldn’t tell the difference from the actual setting. The scene that sticks in my mind the most is when all the people were trying to break into the embassy. They were climbing over fences and breaking chains. The director didn’t play it safe when executing this.
This scene made a great impact because it was so intense and realistic and really captivated the audience to the point where one thought we were almost living in it. It was engrossing. The title of the film, as well as of the film mentioned in the movie is ARGO. When Mendez, the CIA agent went into Iran to rescue the hostages, he did so with a plan in mind. This was to pretend to be looking for a location to make a movie about intergalactic aliens called ARGO. This plan, this movie, was the foundation for what helped rescue those six Americans.
Since it did play such a great part in the event, it is only fair for it to be the title of the film. Canadians were given all the credit for saving those six Americans. While some may disagree and say it was really the CIA or Mendez who deserve this merit, I think Canada did play a huge role. If it wasn’t for pretending to be Canadian first of all, those Americans would never have escaped, they would have been killed immediately. If the Canadians would have spoken up about this, none of it would have been possible.