ARGYLLE – “Cheeky, dumb, and mildly fun”

ARGYLLE

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn (The King’s Man – 2021)

MAIN CAST

Henry Cavill as Argylle
Bryce Dallas Howard as Elly Conway
Sam Rockwell as Aidan
Bryan Cranston as Ritter
Catherine O'Hara as Ruth, Elly's mother
Dua Lipa as LaGrange
Ariana DeBose as Keira
John Cena as Wyatt
Samuel L. Jackson as Alfred Solomon
Sofia Boutella as Saba Al-Badr

SYNOPSIS

Reclusive author Elly Conway writes best-selling espionage novels about a secret agent named Argylle who's on a mission to unravel a global spy syndicate. However, when the plots of her books start to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, the line between fiction and reality begin to blur.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle is cheeky, dumb, and mildly fun. It’s also way overlong. What it does have going for it, however, is an infectious energy. Of course, our director is known for creating dynamic action sequences, and we get a couple quality ones here. In fact, there’s an early-on train fight that encompasses some impressive editing techniques as it cuts between Henry Cavill and Sam Rockwell mid fisticuffs. As in, one second it’s Rockwell winding up for an attack only for him to turn into Cavill who lands the blow (and vice versa). If you’re wondering why the actor/character interchange, well, it’s because the movie’s heroine, Ally, has some “reality issues.” I won’t say more in order to avoid spoilers, but let’s just say it’s way more convoluted than it needs to be. The film is also not as clever as it thinks it is. I mean, there is maybe one decent surprise, but the other ten or so revelations are as predictable as ever. I get that this is a deconstruction of the spy genre, but the campy spin is tiresome by the end. Nothing can be taken seriously, and therefore nothing really resonates. Not the half-hearted romance nor the villainous master plan (that has something to do with oil?). In the end, it’s just a silly celebrity-infested shoot ‘em up with half-hearted special effects. Plus, the unsurprising mid-credit’s scene isn’t anything to cheer about. Alas, it’s all just “ok.” And, it’s perfectly ok to skip it.

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