Argo, fuck yourself indeed. 120 minutes of pure emptiness and forced emotions. It's a story of hope and courage, mixed in an all-american point of view with another hero's journey through film. Everything smells fake, and, even if it isn't, it is most certainly exaggerated for "dramatic purposes".
The last 45 minutes of Argo were so intense I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen. Argo fuck yourself!
Argo is intelligent and sophisticated, it criticizes U.S's foreign policies and its interference in other countries' governments, It also portrays the chaos and the tragic situation in Iran impartially, there is no racism or shying away from it. The film acknowledges that things might never get good but it's worth trying because they might get less terrible.it never feels preachy because it is a very cinematic experience
Absolute drivel. A cringeworthy final act. Those claiming it was 'nail-biting cinema' need to get out more. My morning commute to work throws up more white-knuckle action. 1 star.
A propaganda film depicting Iranians as barbaric and Americans as the heroes when Canada actually did the majority of the work. Events are either absurdly incorrect or exaggerated that I laugh at the thought of Ben Affleck ever majoring in Middle Eastern Studies.
si fuera gringo, la amaría. no siéndolo, vaya pedazo de propaganda apestosa disfrazada de "buena acción". el cinismo con el que hollywood "conquista" el mundo con sus mamadas es del tamaño del que el gobierno gringo emplea para someter al mundo
I disliked it. I could see through the movie all the time. Most of the first half was simply unnecessary. The second half is too thrilling to be based on real events. Not my cup of tea, I suppose.
This is very good film, if only let down by the end. Early on, it sells itself out to be like the films from the era it is set in. An old film logo, a dirty scratchy print, & an under-saturated visual palette. What it gets right in style, it fails to get right thematically. Protagonists of 70's hollywood films were anti-heroes and their stories never concluded so triumphantly as this. Fincher's 'Zodiac' did it better
The 'Argo fuck yourself' line is funny the first time you hear it but the film itself drains all the humor out the joke by hammering it into the audience's skull - which kind of neatly sums up "Argo's" problems. It's almost too easy to call this movie out for its lack of subtlety and oversimplification, especially since it's dealing with such a serious subject; Ben Affleck literally directs the Iranian Revolution like a zombie apocalypse. This is a film that deals in surface level only but, in that regard, it's entertaining. Affleck and his director of photography Rodrigo Prieto trade in a fetishization of the time period that is both technically impressive and visually appealing, from the period appropriate hairdos to the old-school Warner Brothers logo that pops up at the start.
Based on a true story, Argo unspools as a "mission:impossible" narrative worthy of a computer game. Ben Affleck as CIA operative Tony Mendes hatches a bogus sci-fi movie idea inspired by a Planet of the Apes film as a springboard to free 6 American embassy workers from the Canadian mission in Tehran on the cusp of Iran's Islamic Revolution. Argo captures period style, but the embassy escapees are like 8-bit ciphers.
better movies came out last year for sure but i actually really enjoyed this, which was surprising. its always difficult for me to watch a western made movie with a plot dealing with a middle eastern topic, and this definitely had its flaws and inaccuracies, but overall a pretty good movie. LOVED john goodman and alan arkin, but what else is new??
A fine, competent nail-biter, but not without flaws and far from the best movie of the year. It's totally plot driven with only the barest outlines of characters, which isn't necessarily a fatal flaw; more problematic is the series of contrived, historically inaccurate, and unnecessary races against time toward the finish. Some funny dialogue and plenty of adrenaline make for enjoyable entertainment but that's all.
A celebration of American Imperialism, portraying Iranians as barbaric and Americans trapped in their attempts to civilize them. Beyond that, an action thriller that obeys all the conventions of Hollywood filmmaking, with tight close-ups, rapid editing and a predictable soundtrack. That the film won the oscar only confirmed my belief that the Academy awards mediocrity.
After the opening makes a big fuss about how Iranians were victimized for decades, the film marginalizes them from their own story, shunting them into the role of villains. The heroes of the film, the CIA, helped create this mess in the first place.
I'm a film major at a liberal arts college. This is their dream film. Filmmaking by numbers. Incredibly formulaic. Hits all the "six stages of plot structure" at exactly the right time marks. I won't say its a bad film, I enjoyed it to an extent, but why must American filmmakers always be so careful.
If you want to spend 2 hours watching a historically incorrect and an awfully boring movie, then this is definitely for you!!!
This did not live up to the hype, honestly. There were some chillingly tense moments (that opening scene was incredibly well done), but Ben Affleck's hero character was underdeveloped and underacted (and poorly self-cast). Some of the other actors were hammy and unrealistic next to the seriousness of the situation. All in all, mildly predictable and strangely quiet about Canada's true involvement in the whole caper.