If there is one kind of film that is difficult to interpret, it would be movies based on true events.
There is no right way to capture the actual story, nor is it easy to translate it to film.
The latest attempt comes from none other than Ben Affleck. Affleck found success as a director with the crime drama “The Town”, but how does he fair dealing with an event surrounded in tension and controversy?
The story of “Argo” captures the events of the “Canadian Caper”, where the CIA and Canadian Intelligence had to find a way to rescue six government workers from a hostile Iran. This led to specialist Tony Mercer to intervene by creating a fake movie to get the hostages out of the country.
The plot features several themes, such as making a movie and seeing behind the curtains of an intelligence agency. Unfortunately, the film’s story is hindered with issues. The beginning of the plot was hard to follow as it jumps between scenes too quickly; not to mention that the pacing to the story was hard to get behind. There was a decent plot in this film, but it lacks structure and is not compelling.
Ben Affleck stars as Tony Mercer; and he as uninteresting as you can get. No offense to the real agent, but the Affleck portrayal of Tony Mercer was bland as emoted little to nothing. Fortunately, the supporting cast left for a little more intrigue with stars such as Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin standing out, so there is something to look forward to in the case of performances.
Of all my issues with this film, none was as prominent as the cinematography. The look of the film jump between two styles, with one part of the film looking very gritty which fit the time the 1980’s; while the other was clean and looked very modern. Normally, this would have made for a good contrast for the movie, but in the case of “Argo”, it left me just annoyed. The film to take place over 30 years ago; but the constant change in the film’s look takes away from that illusion making the movie distracting. Not to mention the editing of this movie was just poor, not horrific, but poor.
Even with everything that I have said, “Argo” is not a bad movie. There are moments that express the general idea behind the movie; as well as plot themes and supporting cast members giving some elements life. Unfortunately, Affleck overall execution to the “Canadian Caper” is lacking in intrigue and development. Though the idea behind these events may seem exciting, “Argo” just does not cut it and is not worth the price of admission.