ARGO – Best Director Ben Affleck

ARGO DVD coverOn Saturday night “my husband and I” (I’ve been dying to write that) watched ARGO on DVD, kindly sent to us by Warner Bros for the purpose of this review.

It is the most incredible story and what’s even more amazing is that it’s based on a true story which happened back in 1979, an idea that if you heard it you wouldn’t believe it.

ARGO script choice

The U.S Embassy in Tehran is overtaken by the Iranian Revolution but six Americans manage to escape, they seek refuge in the Canadian embassy but it is impossible to get them out alive. So Tony Mendez, a CIA agent, dreams up the cover of a film crew on location in Tehran using the hostages as members of his film crew.

ARGO ben affleck CIA agent Tony Mendez

It’s an absurd idea isn’t it? That’s what Jimmy Carter, the president of the USA at the time thought too and whilst Mendez is out there and almost has his plan in place, Carter pulls the OK.

This film had me on the edge of my seat and the fact that the script of ARGO is really abominable too makes it even more unbelieveable but it did happen. I can totally see why this film got so many awards – see the list below – and I am in even more awe (if that was ever possible) of Ben Affleck. What a genius.

ARGO _ Ben Affleck director

ARGO’s impressive award list

·         BAFTA Award for Best Film

·         BAFTA Award for Best Direction

·         BAFTA Award for Best Editing

·         Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Drama

·         Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture

·         Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year

·         Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing

·         Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

ARGO the hostages

In case you’re intrigued you can buy a copy of the ARGO DVD on Amazon I’d thoroughly recommend it.

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

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