Movies that are so compelling should come with a warning for all of us teeth-clenchers!
Argo is exceptional.
the direction: Ben Affleck did an astonishing job directing this movie and I'm thoroughly surprised he hasn't been nominated for the Best Director Oscar. The scenes were so well tuned that the final result was everything I want to experience when I go to the movies: being enthralled from the first till the last minute.
the '70s: Although I'm in love with the '60s, the '70s depress me. Maybe it's the way facial hair was trimmed or the huge glasses men wore that can only be characterized as "creepy" in the modern world. However, the depiction of the late '70s-early '80s period was so convincing that for a moment I forgot the film was made in 2012.
the cast: I loved Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel. As for the rest of the actors, it seems that apart from Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, the rest of the Damages cast was there. (John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Zljko Ivanek and sexy-despite-the-moustache Chris Messina). Also, Clea DuVall who appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum was another familiar face. And although I'm not a Ben Affleck fan, I enjoyed watching him too. They all did a good job conveying the agony and fear these people must have felt.
the music: perfect.
the plot: What an incredible story. If it wasn't true, I would probably say it was far-fetched. But it is true! Unbelievable!
Don't miss Argo!