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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Argylle (2024) - From Page to Peril

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars)

Released 01-26-2024

Watched 02-03-2024

Reviewed 02-06-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club

 "What you wrote in your new book actually happened, and you kicked a hornet’s nest you didn’t even know existed."

"Argylle," the 2023 entry into the spy/action/comedy genre, sets the stage with a star-studded cast and an ambitious global trotting narrative. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and penned by Jason Fuchs, the film brings together heavyweights like Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, and Henry Cavill, among others, in a tale that spans from the U.S. to London. The premise, centered around a super-spy whose life intertwines with that of a reclusive author (played by Howard) whose books uncannily mirror real spy escapades, is ripe with potential.

"Argylle" shines in its pacing and the performances of its ensemble cast. The film moves at a brisk pace, ensuring that viewers are kept on the edge of their seats with well-timed action sequences and snappy dialogue, although some may say that it lags a little in the second act. The actors deliver commendable performances, bringing charisma and depth to their characters, which is a testament to their talents, given the material at hand.

However, while initially promising, the film's script and premise don't quite hit the mark. Despite the intriguing setup and the glossy sheen of international espionage, "Argylle" struggles to delve beneath the surface of its genre trappings. The narrative, though expansive, often feels like a collection of spy clichés rather than a fresh take on the genre. The result is a movie that, while entertaining, doesn't fully live up to the hype it generated prior to release. The "Once you know the secret, Don't Let the cat out of the bag!" twist is not really that big of a surprise either.

For those considering whether "Argylle" is worth a trip to the theaters, it might be a case of setting the right expectations. If you're in it for a light, action-packed experience with a dash of comedy and don't mind a plot that doesn't venture into new territory, then "Argylle" could be an enjoyable watch. Otherwise, waiting for it to stream on Apple TV+ might be a more fitting option, allowing for a casual viewing experience from the comfort of your home. In summary, "Argylle" is a mixed bag - it's stylish, fast-paced, and well-acted, but it doesn't quite redefine its genre or deliver on its promising premise.


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