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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Report Card---"Argo"

"Argo" is a perfect example of the kind of movie that should be reviewed Report Card
The less you know about it going in, the better.
They tell you at the beginning that it is based on a true story, and even that seems like almost too much information.
"Argo" is a great movie.
A great story.
The fact that it is true only enhances its value.
It takes place during the Iran Hostage crisis in 1980, and involves the attempt to get at least some of the hostages out of Iran.
The approach to this problem is a unique one, and I'm not going to be the one who tells you what it is.
The story did eventually become public, but that was quite a while ago, and it slipped under my radar at the time.
Having it slip under your radar at the time makes "Argo" that much more of an enjoyable experience.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

It is fascinating.

Compelling even?

Fascinating is even better than compelling.

Is it controversial?

To a large extent.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

It is great storytelling. A ripping, and in some ways, hilarious yarn.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is first rate.

Is it well cast? Well played?, Well shot?

Perfect in all respects.

Is it too long? Too short?

Time was never a factor.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It happened. It's hard not to believe it. The perfect comp for this movie is "Schindlers List", and for specific reasons which I will not elaborate on, I cared about the characters in "Argo" far more than the characters in "Schindlers List".

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It is predictable. It can't help itself. Once the premise is established, you know that it has to end a certain way, or it would never be worth making a movie out of it. But predictability is not a problem. The issue is not how it ends. You get caught up in the intricacies of how it gets there.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I've already thought about it quite a bit.

Is it funny?

Often. And when it is, it is hilarious. Kudos to Alan Arkin and John Goodman for that.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Every dollar.

Is it impressive ?


Overall grade: A+.

Ben Affleck did a great job in the leading role and in directing it.
Do not miss this one.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."