Kept in the style of late 70s and early 80s, Argo tells a true story of a CIA operation of releasing American embassy employees in Iran, declassified in 1997 by President Clinton. The portrayal of the Department of State and the CIA’s administration back then, which might seem funny for us nowadays, is also an interesting aspect.
The debut of Ben Affleck as a director is obviously not bereft of self promotion. In a standard bathroom scene of a man standing in front of the mirror then getting out to the room and putting on his shirt with an amazing view from the window in the background, Ben presents his strong and muscular chest. But that happens only once and Affleck really has something to show so let’s forgive him.
The disturbing thing about the movie is the representation of women or to put more precisely the lack of it. Not only that there were very few women in the movie, playing only supporting roles and never having the major influence on the way the operation is carried out, but they were always portrayed as wives. Either a wife of CIA agent living in the suburbs where she is bringing up their son tackling the troubles of life as a wife of a CIA agent, or wives of the embassy employees, who following their husbands never really chose themselves to be in the situation they found themselves. All of them lacking the power to change anything in their lives.
Although I usually remain skeptical about actors trying to “upgrade” to a director, Ben Affleck’s attempt is very successful. It kept the tension and made our hearts beat quicker than in the gym a couple of hours earlier. All things considered a very good debut.