I watched Argo the movie and could not stop rolling my eyes, especially during the last 30 minutes. The book was a good read and I’m smart enough to realize that books are much better than their film version. But they really went Hollywood (not in a good sense) with this movie–t0 escalate the suspense? because a studio movie must have a high speed chase scene between a Swissair jumbo jet and a jeep filled with gun-toting Iraqis?
The movie also turns the protagonist, Tony, into a lonely man living in a hotel drinking, eating Chinese takeout, and sleeping in his workclothes. He is estranged from his wife (not so in the book).
The movie also heightens the suspense and drama by making the fake film crew and Tony travel to a busy bazaar to scope out a location. During this scene, the woman who pretends to be the movie’s fashion consultant is taking Polaroid shots and nearly incites a riot when a merchant takes umbrage at her photographing.
But I still enjoyed the movie, and I understand that a movie had to visualize the suspense that was replete in the book’s details.