Yeah, that’s it. Ben Affleck sitting in, I assume, his character’s, real life former CIA agent Tony Mendez’s, kitchen in the late ’70s/early ’80s, the era when his latest directorial effort Argo takes place. You want an ever so slightly closer look? Click on the image below.
Maybe we’re just spoiled with Dark Knight Rises teasers, Hobbit production videos, Spider-Man’s amazing ability to bore us, and brief, radass glimpses of Arnold Schwarzenegger firing a bigass gun. But a bearded, professional mulleted Ben Affleck reading State Department files, even highly classified State Department files, isn’t really enough to blow one’s cinematic sails. Thankfully for Argo, the movie’s historical basis is entertaining, suspenseful, and relevant enough to keep me interested until the film’s release next September.
Here’s the plot synopsis (and I can’t recommend the 2007 Wired piece on the “true events” enough), that I imagine with the tones and styles of Confession’s Of a Dangerous Mind and The Men Who Stare At Goats (mostly Confession’s Of a Dangerous Mind):
Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
And maybe with a hint of Burn After Reading?
A movie about the CIA and Hollywood joining forces on a rescue mission is the kind of Avengers-esque team-up adventure I want to see. The cast, including Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, and Michael Parks as comic book legend Jack Kirby, is a pretty decent start. I really can’t wait to see this, but next time it’d be nice to get something a bit more substantial.
Like, as a for instance, John Goodman and Michael Parks (as Jack Kirby!) showing off their art and prop designs for the meta-fictional Argo film. Unless this Argo is as much a con job as the last Argo…?