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Argylle (PG-13)★★½

By February 11, 2024February 13th, 2024Backstage Pass

Bryce Dallas Howard from the (Jurassic World franchise) is Elly Conway, the author of a series of best-selling spy novels. Her books center on secret agent Argylle (Henry Cavill) and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate; the film gets interesting. When Elly is traveling by train with her cat Alfie, she meets Aidan (Sam Rockwell), a real spy, and the fantasy adventure begins.

Director Matthew Vaughn of the “Kingsman” movies creates a new chapter to his spy genre and his Kingsman: The Secret Service films. The latest spy character, Argylle, Henry Cavill, is excellent and lots of fun! He’s the archetypal spy with his gallant good looks, British accent, and the ability to, of course, conquer all. His team is ready to help behind the scenes to aid in his escape plan. John Cena and Ariana DeBose play them. He can escape any situation as he has for four different adventures that Elly Conway wrote. She’s out promoting her fourth novel while putting the finishing touches on the fifth book. Elly’s books have oddly predicted what happens in the real espionage world.

Getting back to Aidan, the spy is dressed like a homeless person. He tries to warn her she’s in grave danger and that an evil group is out to use her to predict where some dangerous codes and files could be located. Yes, she’s way over her head as life imitates art, and she has no one to trust except her cat, Alfie. Going into survival mode, her action scenes are incredible to watch as she fights for her life by robot kicking and punching her way out of each situation.

Unfortunately, the main problem is the action scenes need to be shorter, causing the movie to become boring. There’s potential for the film to become a franchise, as “Argylle” does keep you guessing until the very end. Although the less is, more approach would garner better results here. I did enjoy watching Bryce Dallas Howard and Sam Rockwell together, although they couldn’t save the film. The movie also stars John Cena, Catherine O’Hara, Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, Ariana DeBose, and Dua Lipa.

Sarah Knight Adamson February 7, 2024

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