Movie Review – Argyle

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When it comes to Matthew Vaughn movies here is a certain style that comes to mind with a mixture of action and over the top visuals that has made his comic book adaptions like Kick-Ass, The Kingsman and X-Men stand out as some of the best comic book to feature film outside of DC and Marvel. Now with his latest film backed by Apple – Argyle, does the streak continue without a comic source material.

Argyle is an original story takes spy thriller novelist Ellie Conway in the midst of finishing her much anticipated 5th novel of the Argyle series and drops her in a world where her books have been monitored by spy agencies around the world. Due to her writing actually seemingly reflecting actual true events, the fifth book expected to contain some revelation that every clandestine service has all been chasing. Well, that is about what you would get reading the dust jacket.

Argyle, despite being a super slick stylised spy action film from the director of the Kingsman is not directly said as part of the Kingsman universe and at best may be adjacent. The original story was not written by Mark Millar who Matthew Vaughn has adapted into Kick-Ass, Kingsman and even the upcoming Kick-Ass/Hit-Girl trilogy that has already finished shooting the first film. Argyle is instead a completely original film which has been backed by Apple as a franchise and even has had a real book written as a tie in to the book that features in the film.

In the film Ellie Conway aka Bryce Dallas Howard aka the boss lady on Jurassic World is a writer who starts losing touch with reality as she is pulled into the spy world and hallucinates her characters into the real world overlayed in some action scenes. Initially skipping between imagination while writing her next book with scenes featuring John Cena and Henry Cavill (and Dua Lipa for only a solid 10 minutes of the film), Ellie starts seeing Kal-El being switched with Spy Justin Hammer during some fun action scenes.

Using a storyline that is more Bourne Identity meets Disney’s Condorman (for the big fans of early 80s Disney action films) stylistically the film unsurprising has a lot in common with Kingsman in terms of style of action, even the more Birds of Prey coloured smoke action shootout. The film is not paced similar to a Kingsman film but rather from a certain point prioritises big twists or reveals almost as set pieces spaced out by the action (which is to a level that we have come to expect.

So, should you go see it? Well.. as much as we LOVED Sam Rockwell in this the last 45 minutes of the film felt like they did not know an ending with the number of twists towards the end feeling overdone. Slated to be the first of a trilogy and with an all star cast it is hard to not see this as a potential lock but instead after a promising start starts we are not so sure a sequel is guaranteed. If you are stuck for something to see in cinemas this week this is in a solid mid-range popcorn action flick, but if money is tight you would not be out of line if you decided to hold out for streaming.

Argyle, is in cinemas across Australia right now.

Andrew B

Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.

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movie-review-argyleArgyle is technically one of the few non-comic adaptions that Matthew Vaughn has brought us with Kickass and Kicksman both being adapted from the same comic book writer and even Stardust being based on a Neil Gaiman book of the same name. Despite having all the big names and a potential recipe for success Argyle suffers from not knowing when to stop with much of the last hour being adding more twists and feeling like it doesn't know how to end. If this decided how to end 45 minutes sooner we would have walked out feeling differently but it takes it from fun Kingsman adjacent film to something you would start playing on your phone during if you watched it at home despite the GREAT cast. P.S. You don't have to stay until the end of the credits, there is a little something in the middle but you will know when it is done.