No spoilers here, but you need to go see the movie Argo starring and directed by Ben Affleck. Like at the next showing. It’s that good.
It was so cool to watch Ben Affleck walking into CIA headquarters at Langley again after his days there in the 2002 The Sum of All Fears. This time, not as Jack Ryan, a fictitious field operative, but as Tony Mendez, the real deal.
The movie isn’t too long, nor too short. The characters, as you will see at the end of the film, really looked like the real-life people who endured the drama of being six Americans who were in Tehran when the Embassy was taken over and the Iranians didn’t know about. Those were hard days we all endured at the end of the anemic days of the Carter Administration when there were yellow ribbons tied around everything.
Essentially, there were six people who got out that the Iranians didn’t find out about until it was almost too late. Where they hid out, if they made it out, and how, all are worth you going to explore on your own.
Some people got up and walked out during the credits. Don’t do that. That’s when you’ll see how good a job was done in casting. Of course, you’ll also notice, as the two African American ladies did behind me when they said, Mendez was Hispanic, that Ben Affleck, isn’t. Supposedly he’s been criticized for that, but hey, this is Hollywood.
From the start of the movie, it FEELS like the late 1970s. The clothing, even the incredibly ugly green wallpaper in the Canadian Ambassador’s home all feel like life did back in the day.
I predict this movie is going to win some good awards in Hollywood, but more importantly, it’s going to make you feel proud you’re an American again, because you’re going to see a story that likely would never have been told had it not been declassified during the Clinton years. But in a time when we all felt that America had been knocked down during the Carter years, it was good to see that we were able to still do something right.
I did find myself sneering a little bit as at the very end, former President Carter comes in during a voice over and talks about how we were able to peacefully get all of the other US hostages home safely.
As I recall the day that happened, Ronald Reagan got sworn in as president and the Iranians knew they’d better not mess with him and so the hostages came home.
And so, as someone who has seen the movie, I see the word Argo now, and I hear two other words along with it. For now, I’ll just say, Argo see this movie….