Movie review: Argo

October 31, 2012 – The more things change, the more they stay the same.

That could have been the tagline to the movie “Argo”, the North American / Middle East drama surrounding the Iranian hostage crisis that unfolded 1979 and 1980. It’s also much like the stories that continue to occur in that part of the world today.

Ben Affleck stars in and directs this compelling story that is far more entertaining than any spy or action movie I’ve ever seen, but with a lot less gore. The story is tense, exciting and sometimes darkly humorous filled with edge of your seat action. It also proves that good ideas can come from anywhere, “even if it’s the best bad idea you have.” And while the Hollywood stuff included in the movie is funny, I’ve read that it is deadly accurate.

“Argo” definitely makes you want to stand and cheer at the end, and hug a Canadian next time you meet one. Considering the script claims that the British and New Zealand embassies turned away the six Americans who escaped the American embassy that day, the Canadians took a real chance when they allowed them to hide inside their walls.

The supporting cast is top-notch in this movie, as well, with both John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Brian Cranston in standout roles. It is high drama at its best but without any overacting on the part of the incredible cast.

I know I’m late in reviewing this movie, but I just got to see it on Sunday. With the Philadelphia Film Festival running over the past two weeks, I’ve been pretty much wrapped up in that.

For those of you who haven’t seen “Argo” yet, go now. You won’t be disappointed. Be sure to stay for all of the credits, as well. They tell a story themselves.

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