Argo (2012)

Rated very R for what should be obvious reasons.


Box-office hit Argo was well-loved and won some top prizes at the Oscars a decade ago. In a year that also featured the likes of Amour, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, was it worthy of winning Best Picture? Well, let’s just say that Bev was not kind to Ben Affleck’s crowning achievement. It doesn’t help that the director (mis)cast himself in the lead role, which whitewashed the real CIA operative he’s playing. Also, as dangerous as the Iranians siege on the American embassy was and the worry that the 6 who escaped might not survive, a lot of the story is fabricated. Yup, this real movie about a fake movie resorted to faking a lot of the drama! Still, Affleck’s film is well-made and it remains taut. So learn your lines, practice your Canadian accent and get comfortable living in someone else’s house because you might be there a while as the 433rd Ellises’ Analysis breaks down Argo…yourself.

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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

2012 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

2012 in film

2012 Academy Award winners & nominees

Oscar acceptance speeches: Best Picture and Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay

Links to: Casablanca and The Town and Zero Dark Thirty and 12 Years A Slave and Green Book

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: Grand Hotel

March 14th on The Ellises’ Analysis: Our 7th Annual Oscars Preview