“A team of lawyers takes on the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship during the 1980s in a battle against odds and a race against time.” – IMDB
Going into Argentina, 1985, I thought it was going to be a rough two hours. Given that the movie focuses on the trial of leading members of Argentina’s military dictatorship and the horror they inflicted on the country for decades, I thought the movie was going to be incredibly dark and depressing.
Instead, I was extremely relieved to find a movie that so well-balanced the weight of its subject matter, while also maintaining a message of hope and allow the audience moments of levity.
The recipe for this movie worked so well and included:
-A David vs. Goliath struggle
-A likable ensemble with great chemistry
-The older “professor”-type paired with young, passionate up-and-comers
-Montages à la Spotlight and All the President’s Men
-As many laugh out loud moments as tear-jerking moments
-An education on real and relatively modern global history
-A focus on the victims and heroes, as opposed to the perpetrators
-A sob-worthy ending that will also make you run over to Youtube to watch the real event
All of this led to Argentina, 1985 being a very different movie than what I was expecting, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed and am likely to watch again.
Rating: 8 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Marshall, Just Mercy
With: Ricardo Darin, Gina Mastronicola, Francisco Bertin
Directed By: Santiago Mitre