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'Argo' Rated: R Time: 120 min. My Rating: 3/4 stars
Movie Review: ‘Argo’
© Gainesville Times'Argo'
Time: 120 min.
My Rating: 3/4 stars
Like to many films based on true stories, “Argo” contains little action or extraordinary events that stretch the laws of physics. What “Argo” does contain, however, is an unrelenting and intense story that keeps audiences glued to their seats.
In 1979 Iran, a revolution is taking place. After America harbors the notorious Shah of Iran, the citizens of this revolutionary country decide to attack the American embassy. During the attack, six Americans escape out the back of the embassy and hide in the Canadian ambassador’s house. Now, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) must extract the six Americans from Iran by pretending to be a Canadian film crew.
One of the most important factors in keeping audiences glued to their seats during a movie is intensity. Action exists as the most common form of intensity. Unlike many films based on true events, “Argo” features situational intensity as a substitute for the lack of action.
In addition to intensity, “Argo” contains much comic relief. John Goodman and Alan Arkin create a hilarious comedy duo making nonstop jokes about Hollywood. Bryan Cranston also provides comic relief as his character is constantly under stress.
The success or failure of a film depends on one thing: the story. If audiences do not care about the story being told, the movie will flop. However, when audiences care about the story, characters, and conflicts, they become immersed in the story.
“Argo” contains a great story filled with suspense, intrigue, and intensity.
Though “Argo” contains a brilliant story that keeps the audience interested, it does drag in certain parts. The first act, in particular, spent too much time on preparation and talking. As a result, the audience feels a gap in the plot and loses focus. Later in the film when important scenes recall information from the dragging parts, the audience becomes confused. “Argo” could have easily cut out 20 minutes of film and the audience would not miss a beat.
I recommend “Argo” to anyone looking to watch a movie without feeling like they wasted their money. This movie will keep audiences entertained for the entire 120 minutes. Also, stay for the credits; they are worth the extra five minutes.