Nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin), Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay)
How could that phrase be not a good title for my entry about the Roger Ebert’s Top 1 Movie of 2012? It’s repeated more than a couple of times in the film directed, co-produced and starred by Ben Affleck.
It’s a movie about making a fake movie. And as Lester Siegel, played effectively by Alan Arkin, says in the film, “If I’m going to make a fake movies, it’s going to be a fake hit”. “Argo” is undeniably a
fake hit. I say fake because it’s a not-so very accurate account of an important piece of history. Not very accurate, but very entertaining and executed flawlessly, nonetheless.
I couldn’t say the details and elements are very accurate because I wasn’t born yet in 1979. But it sure did make me feel I was watching a movie from that year. The costumes are impressive and I couldn’t get that old KFC sign out of my mind. Watching it, I know they spent a good deal of time in research, and that’s really an important factor in filmmaking. Fiction or non-fiction, I appreciate a film that is very meticulous in the details.
“This is the best bad plan we have… by far, sir” says Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston), and I guess it says a lot about the film itself. It is the best story for a film. It has all the elements–action, thrill, a little bit of comedy and they even managed to squeeze in pieces of love stories here and there. But I think it’s also bad in a way that it’s a retelling of an important historical fact. And since it is BASED on a true story, there’s a lot of twisted truths and added elements in it.
For a not-so inquiring mind, this could be taken on face value as a piece of history. It seems so real, one would not have a hard time believing that this actually happened.
But then again this is just a movie. If you want accurate history, there are plenty of books on it. It’s about time people pick a book and read, too.
Fearless Forecast: Alan Arkin will bag the Best Supporting Actor award. I’ve always have a soft spot for him ever since “Little Miss Sunshine”.