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Only Alan Arkin (middle) wasn’t left out of the Oscar race.

This is one of the best movies of the year, but it’s also a flawed film. There comes a point where all the cutesy stuff they do, and the “Arrr, go f*** yourself!” joke gets tired. That being said…I was on the edge of my seat the entire film.

This is the true story of a covert operation to rescue six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 52 hostages. Six Americans escaped and hid out in the home of a Canadian ambassador. A CIA specialist named Tony Mendez (played by the non-Latino Ben Affleck), comes up with a plan to get them out. That plan involves a film crew going there, pretending to make a sci-fi thrilled that will capitalize on the popularity of Star Wars.

Affleck is also one of the producers, as well as director. He shows real talent behind the camera. I enjoyed the first movie he directed – Gone Baby Gone. His second (The Town) was highly overrated, but okay. This movie has to put him in the upper echelon of directors.

The cast is rounded out by the always hilarious John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Bryan Cranston plays those roles he’s perfect in – an authoritative agent back in D.C.

Goodman plays the real life Oscar-winning makeup artist John Chambers, who had done all the make-up for the Planet of the Apes movies.

Arkin plays the film producer that’s originally reluctant, but joins in and really works hard trying to make it all realistic. Unlike the movie Wag the Dog, which became a poorly done satire, this movie is almost flawless.

There are a few interesting character actors in small roles: Richard Kind, Tate Donovan, Kyle Chandler and Philip Baker Hall

That doesn’t mean I wasn’t distract by all the clothing and huge glasses. I understand it’s 1979, but not everyone had to look like that old yearbook photo of your parents.

Some might not complain about the hostages outfits, as much as them being one-dimensional. I didn’t have a problem with that. They’re hostages, they’re scared, and odds are – they’re not making it out of this alive. They seemed like real people, not actors. They were perfect.

The soundtrack is tasty, with Led Zep’s When the Levee Breaks, the Stones Little T&A, and some Van Halen.

People always tell you to stay for the end of the credits for those goofy outtakes. In this, we have an ex-President doing some narration.

It’s the best “argo” movie since Fargo.

Ar, go friggin see this. It gets 4 stars out of 5.

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