Saw Argo today and loved it. It is tautly written with sparkling dialog. It is filled both with sphincter tightening excitement and raucous humor. For example, when someone at the CIA asked a guy with connections to the administration how the White House was reacting to the Iran hostage crisis, the guy said, "Carter has been s**ting so many bricks, you could build a building with them.
On the excitement front, the scene at the Tehran airport when the 6 embassy employees who had been hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's residence were trying to leave the country was extraordinarily tense and effective.
The telling of the political backstory leading to the Iran hostage crisis was mostly factual. There was modification or combining of people into a single character in the case of several of the principals but nothing I saw in that detracted from this having been a mostly factual account of a true story. As we all know, that's something we don't often see in Hollywood films.
Argo is the best film I have seen this year. 10 Stars out of 10. I have signed up at Amazon to be notified when the BD is available. This is one I want to watch again, this time with subtitles so that I can more easily follow the rapid fire dialog.