Kudos to Argo!
Kudos to Argo, and to Ben Affleck. It's a terrific movie and I'm delighted that it won Best Picture. For those who think it unfairly depicts Iranians, I simply refer you to the fact that in Iran the film is the biggest bootleg hit in years. Besides, the prefatory material in Argo regarding the CIA's role in deposing Mosaddegh, while containing some inaccuracies, is properly skeptical of U.S. policy. Some have criticized Argo for not giving enough credit to the several western governments who offered various kinds of aid in exfiltrating the six. In particular, some Canadians are bent out of shape, and there's grumbling from other quarters. Get over it! This is a film 'based on' true events, not a docudrama of true events. And while I realize that it's difficult these days to want to give the CIA credit for anything, in this case they deserve it, for getting six Americans home — without blowing anything up or killing anybody. Setting those and similar questions aside, Argo is a ripping good yarn.
Sharon and I watched Argo at home, which was a good thing, because she kept bouncing up and down on her chair and kicking her feet. In a movie theater her agitation might have been thought disruptive. And I've been wanting to watch the film a second time, unusual for me.
Ben Affleck did an outstanding job directing. He was robbed, no doubt, when Argo wasn't even nominated for Best Director. And he did a great job acting in the lead role. I thought, indeed, all the film's characters in the field were reasonably true to type. The characters in DC — at State, at CIA, at the White House — not so much, but that's par for the course for filmmakers who haven't worked as government bureaucrats.
Affleck's character, Antonio J. Mendez in real life, comes across as sensitive, sympathetic, brave, and highly imaginative. Mendez, indeed, must have been one hell of a shrewd operator! The film notes, but it deserves perhaps even a bit more emphasis, that Affleck/Mendez put himself in harm's way, exfiltrating along with the six. Had the Iranians caught him things would not have gone so well...
One might wonder whether the CIA really disguises people so much. All I can say is, yes, they do. It's amazing stuff.
If you haven't seen Argo yet, give it a try. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it.