Movie Review: "Argylle"

Thursday, February 01, 2024

 Hey Mofos! I'm still on the grief roller coaster, but stepped out the house to see the upcoming film Argylle. Let's just say that I was more entertained by the security guards checking for phones and her overuse of the phrase "OVERSTAND AND INNERSTAND." This film honestly could have been a limited streaming series and called it a day. It drops on February 2, in theaters!

Let me give you the low down on what it's about from the press release cuz I'm too lazy and tired to write it myself lol. 

The greater the spy, the bigger the lie.

From the twisted mind of Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman franchise, Kick-Ass) comes Argylle, a razor-witted, reality-bending, globe-encircling spy thriller.

Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World franchise) is Elly Conway, the reclusive author of a series of best-selling espionage novels, whose idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie. But when the plots of Elly’s fictional books—which center on secret agent Argylle and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate—begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, quiet evenings at home become a thing of the past.

Accompanied by Aiden (Oscar® winner Sam Rockwell), a cat-allergic spy, Elly (carrying Alfie in her backpack) races across the world to stay one step ahead of the killers as the line between Elly’s fictional world and her real one begins to blur.

The top-flight ensemble cast features Henry Cavill (The Witcher), John Cena (Fast X), Oscar® winner Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Grammy winning pop superstar Dua Lipa (Barbie), Emmy winner and Oscar® nominee Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Emmy winner and comedy icon Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and the legendary Samuel L. Jackson. Alfie is played by Chip, the real-life cat of supermodel Claudia Vaughn (née Schiffer).

Argylle is directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman). The film is produced by Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling (Kingsman franchise), Jason Fuchs, and David Reid (Kingsman franchise). The executive producers are Adam Fishbach, Zygi Kamasa, Carlos Peres and Claudia Vaughn.

Apple Original Films presents, in association with MARV, a Cloudy production. Argylle is distributed by Universal Pictures.

Now that's out of the way, the movie itself wasn't awful but it wasn't something I would watch again. I was into it, until it got to some parts that were utterly ridiculous and would never happen in a real spy movie. I loved that the writer transported into her own story, but it got a little hard to keep up with her life or the novel life at some points. What I did love is that Elly Conway isn't a size 2 heroine that we are used to seeing. She had a body that most women can relate to (not me, cuz ain't a hip to be found on my body), but I loved that she looked normal and not like she was starving for carbs. I also wanted to reach thru the screen and throw that cat Alfie somewhere. I'm not a cat nor a dog person, so seeing this cat the entire time made my eyeballs itch. 

I wish there was more John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson in the movie, but they do their jobs in the scenes they are in. 

IDK-- I think I'd read these series if it was a novel series. But, I will say this, DO NOT.. leave the theater when you think it's over. Think Marvel-esque type of ish. Stay in yo seat!

Let me know if you enjoy the film if you go check it out! 


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