Argo is not my favorite film of the year. It didn't even make my best-of list. But it's a populist mainstream genre entry of uncommon craft and intelligence, rooted in character and narrative. In terms of the best representation of what 2012 had to offer, Argo is absolutely the movie of the year.
Sitting in a packed theater, watching the re-enactment of a story that occurred over 30 years ago, I couldn't help but feel it was happening now. And, judging by the reactions of the people around me, I wasn't alone.