Thank You Canada!! (Argo NO spoilers)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cachoo, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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    Just saw Argo and wanted to say Cheers to Canada. Your ambassador and his wife were brave, brave, brave....loved the film too....
     
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  3. milanessa

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    Canada's a good friend. :)
     
  4. liv

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    I'm glad Affleck decided to make this movie and show an event in history that may have been forgotten. Shows how the ties between allies can be very strong and how sometimes audacity pays off. I have read he did a great job but it is a little more Holllywood than realilty... which is ok.
     
  5. viennese

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    Terrific movie.

    The Canadian ambassador and his wife are courageous people. The action gets a bit amped up toward the end, but you come away with great admiration for those work behind the scenes in embassies and consulates (and elsewhere in secret government offices), doing ordinary and extraordinary jobs.
     
  6. Buzz

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    Loved the movie and I think it is Afleck's best movie in a loooooong time.
     
  7. DFJ

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    Ditto to the US.
     
  8. AragornElessar

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    Ben, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman were all on Anderson Cooper's Daytime Show today to talk about Argo, as Anderson thinks it's the best movie he's seen this year and was even calling it an early Oscar front runner. Anyway, someone in the audience asked about just how real it was or did some "Hollywood" influence creep in and Ben's answer was while it's as true to the actual events as he could get, it's also not a documentary. For instance...

    There weren't any cars chasing after the plane when it was taking off from Tehran, but as Ben said, it sure did look cool and ramp up the suspense a bit.

    Ben's one of the very few actors in Hollywood I really admire so much because he really does walk his talk. When he believes in a cause, he'll do everything he can for it, but not in a flashy "Hey, I'm going to sign up to be a Spokesperson for this cause and I'll get in the papers and magazines even more than before!!" kind of a way if that makes any sense. However, that admiration went up even more after Argo's screenings at last month's Toronto International Film Festival.

    There were some concerns voiced that the movie concentrated more on the US/CIA's planning and that Canada's part in it was overshadowed or not really given the credit we deserved in all of this. I'm not saying that, as that wasn't the impression I got from the various things I'd either heard or read. It wasn't the feeling friends of mine who saw it either at TIFF or at Cinefest, which is Northeastern Ontario's Film Festival, had of it. In fact, they haven't stopped raving about it since seeing it, but unfortunately the criticism was out there and gaining speed fast.

    So, what does Ben do? He calls Ken Taylor, the Canadian Ambassador to Iran at the time and who took in these US Diplomats at great risk to him and our Embassy Staff, and asks him how to rectify things. His suggestion was to put a message at the end of movie saying something along the lines of how this movie is one point of view and that if it wasn't for Canada, her Ambassador and the Govt of Canada at the time, this wouldn't have had the happy ending it did. Or something like that. I can't remember exactly what Ben and Ken Taylor came up w/, but it's something along those lines.

    Considering Ben could have simply said the movie's done, there wasn't any intentional insult to Canada's part in what happened and I'm not changing anything. He could have very easily have done just that and many other Directors would have too. However, he listened to the criticism, realized this could end up becoming a very big mess and did the right thing.

    As I said, my respect for Ben Affleck's gone up several notches in his response to this.

    I *really* want to see this so badly, but it's looking like another wait till it comes out on DVD/Blu Ray for me.
     
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  10. all_empty

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    Screened it last week and everyone raved about it.

    Sure, there were some liberties taken but it is a feature film.

    "Anna Karenina" on the other hand ... Disappointing.
     
  11. Cachoo

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    I think the information coming from Canada is a good thing and Affleck's honesty regarding the "Hollywood" aspects of the film is appreciated. That said I loved sitting on the edge of my seat during parts of this film with my popcorn almost wanting to shout GO at the screen at times. We don't have enough of these good thrillers (fact or fiction.) I think one thing we can all agree on was that those six Americans and the Canadians who helped them were in danger day in and day out. And I give credit to the CIA agent who went in to get them. He might have been well trained in these sort of extractions but that would still be scary given the situation in Iran at the time.