Hypable Movie Review: ‘Argo’

2:30 pm EDT, October 12, 2012

There’s something about mixing a thriller with “based on a true story” that shouldn’t work. The inherently thrilling aspects of most films lie in the unknown. It is for this reason that Argo is so marvelous; it’s a film that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout, regardless of whether you know the outcome or not.

Set during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, where the US embassy in Tehran was taken over and 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, Argo tells a slightly separate and thrilling story of a CIA mission to rescue the six people who escaped the embassy, and were hiding out in Tehran. Affleck takes a wonderful approach in the opening act in establishing the look of the era, thanks in large part to terrific production design and over all attention to detail. What’s more is that through a combination of grainy, archival footage and masterful recreation, the film is able to set-up the hostage situation in a thrilling manner that places you directly inside the U.S. Embassy.

Yet Argo, which is based off the 2007 Joshuah Bearman Wired article “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran”, focuses on the plot to rescue these six escaped U.S. citizens, who are holed up at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador (Victor Garber). Affleck also stars in the film as Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who concocts an absolutely ludicrous plan to break them out by posing as a Canadian film crew making a fake sci-fi film, Argo. Teaming up with Oscar-winning makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and Hollywood producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin), the plan is actually able to get off the ground.

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Among the terrific ensemble cast in the CIA hierarchy are Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, and even veterans Philip Baker Hall and Bob Gunton, who appear in a scene together, in which they are referred to as “the two old guys from The Muppets.” Obviously, there are a lot of characters to worry about, and because of that the second act does tend to sag a bit, but it is with lines like this that screenwriter Chris Terrio and Affleck ensure the less thrilling moments doesn’t feel overly long.

Rounding out the film’s ensamble cast are the six escaped hostages, played by Scoot McNairy, Tate Donovan, Kerry Bishe, Clea DuVall, Rory Cochrane and Christopher Denham. Richard Kind also has a rather amusing scene as an obnoxious Hollywood script salesman whoLester Siegel must deal with. The cast is fantastic, in part because the complete the look of the film. The hair, makeup, and costumes are all extremely well done and effectively transport us to the era, with Ben Affleck’s assured direction driving it all home.

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If this wasn’t already the case, Affleck has once and for all proven his calling in directing. Argo not only marks the third successful directorial outing for Affleck, but his is best. The tension the film is able to achieve during the film’s final act is nothing short of miraculous, considering that the majority of audiences will know the outcome. Perhaps because the idea of this rescue operation is so ridiculous that “true story” aspect makes the film all the more impressive, with Affleck not shying away from historical and archival references to get this across.

Argo is expertly made from the opening credits using the classic Warner Bros. logo from the 1970’s, to an edge-of-your-seat, thrilling finale that will leave you breathless. Affleck is a talent to reckon with behind the camera, steering the events in unforeseen directions that will thrill even the historical and political aficionados in the audience. While there is clearly some dramatic license taken here, the thrills in Argo feel genuine, as audiences will be able to place their trust in Affleck to deliver not only an immensely entertaining and thrilling film, but one that sets its sights outside the constraints of a mainstream Hollywood film.

Grade: A

Rated: R (for language and some violent images)

Argo opens in theaters on October 12, 2012.

The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

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The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

A possible film was previously discussed as an option to end the series, but that seems to be off the table now. The series finale will now be a “two-hour, drama-filled television event.”

As for what we can expect for the final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars, it will “continue to be filled with homecomings and reunions.” We’ve already seen so many familiar and forgotten faces in season 7, so it will be nice to be able to say a final goodbye to even more characters.

On top of the returning characters, we can also expect a wedding! Obviously Ezria is the couple to watch for this, since they recently got engaged, but you never really know with Pretty Little Liars.

The summer finale of Pretty Little Liars season 7 is airing tomorrow, August 30, so we will have a long wait before the final 10 episodes air in April 2017.

The series finale will be followed by the premiere of Marlene King’s new series, Famous In Love. If you need a Pretty Little Liars fix after the show ends, this may be a good show for you to check out!

Famous In Love will be another one-hour drama that will supposedly “put the spotlight on the dark side of fame.” It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Rebecca Serle.

How do you feel about ‘Pretty Little Liars’ ending with season 7?

Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Three pieces of concept art appear to have been drawn up for the costume department. We’re also getting a look at Gaston (Luke Evans) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson):

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Finally, we have a shot of Luke Evans and a woman rehearsing a dance scene that appears to take place on top of a table. In the background you can see additional concept art depicting Mrs. Potts (in kettle form), Chip, and a piano (who might be played by Stanley Tucci and named Cadenza):

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Last week we got to see several other first looks from this same behind-the-scenes featurette, including Dan Stevens as the Beast (human form), Cogsworth, and Lumière.

At this rate, the whole behind-the-scenes look may be spoiled by the time the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is released to the world on September 20.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast arrives this March and is directed by Bill Condon.

Report: Warner Bros. wants Daniel Radcliffe to return for ‘Cursed Child’ movie

File this one under: Crazy rumor that's also somehow... plausible? (But it's probably not gonna happen.)

10:49 am EDT, August 29, 2016

If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

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If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

After all, as amazing as Jamie Parker is as Harry Potter on stage, Warner Bros., must be aware that most Harry Potter fans won’t be able to see the play live, and therefore wouldn’t necessarily be as hyped about a ‘Harry Potter movie’ that didn’t star the actors from the original movie series.

Related: Have you read all of Hypable’s original Cursed Child coverage? (There’s a lot!)

As NY Daily News notes, however, Radcliffe is very much doing his own thing, with even the sources admitting that he’d “need some persuading” before agreeing to reprise the role he’s trying very hard to distance himself from.

Aside from this small inconvenience, there are plenty of other reasons why this would not — and perhaps should not — work out.

First of all, Dan Radcliffe is currently 27 years old, and if Warner Bros. was really planning the Cursed Child movie for 2020, he’d have to play the part of a 36-40-year-old Harry in the movie at age >30. We all remember how awkward the Deathly Hallows epilogue turned out, and we’re sure there aren’t many of us who’d want an hours-long version of that (for not to mention the possibility that they’d split this story into two movies).

Second, once they got Radcliffe back, they’d have to get everyone else, too. You couldn’t just have the original Harry back while introducing a brand new Hermione, Ron, Draco, Ginny, etc.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly: Daniel Radcliffe is not Harry Potter. While movie fans will probably always see Radcliffe’s face when thinking about the character, he existed on the pages of the novel series first, which means a potential Cursed Child movie wouldn’t be recasting anyone if they went with new actors — they’d simply pick a new, older set of actors to embody the iconic characters.

Having seen the play on stage, this writer would personally much rather see the original Cursed Child cast reprise their roles for any eventual movie version that Warner Bros. puts together. A lot of the play’s success hinges on these actors’ performances and chemistry, and it’d be a shame to lose that magic on screen.

Would you want to see Daniel Radcliffe back as Harry Potter in a ‘Cursed Child’ movie?