A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. (IMDb)
So, confession time, this was actually the Best Picture nominee I was least looking forward to watching. Yeah, I was really wrong. When one watches these historical retelling movies, they are normally really drama filled and heavy. However, while yes, there was a lot of the above, it was balanced out nicely with moments of lightness, comedy, and the whole “it’s so ridiculous it may work” type of thing. That is mostly attributed to John Goodman and Alan Arkin. They’re characters were great and a lot of fun to watch. I enjoyed the rest of the ensemble cast a lot. Bryan Cranston specifically was totally on it. Obviously, a ton of credit goes to Ben Affleck. He turns in a solid performance both in front of and behind the camera. I loved in the credits how they showed pictures from the era side by side with stills from the movie. The accuracy is amazing. This is a historical movie that is thrilling, tense, and definitely worth a watch.