Matthew Vaughn directs the ensemble cast of this movie about an introverted spy novelist who finds herself in the real world of espionage when the story of her book gets too close to the activities of an underground syndicate.
Even though Bryce Dallas Howard leads the ensemble action thriller, it's Sam Rockwell who practically anchors the film which gets entangled in endless webs and unending plot twists.
Mixing humour, action, two well-cast leads and an all-too-familiar script, Matthew Vaughn's espionage flick puts Elly Conwell (Howard) smack in the middle of the events of her novel.
Elly, a renowned writer has to trust spy Aidan (Rockwell) when he unexpectedly shows up inside a train to save her from some devious characters.
While going on the run, the clueless heroine must rely on her imagination and creativity to solve the big question; why are the bad guys after her because of a book she wrote?
The plot itself is good but the execution is tainted by too many elements battling for relevance. Even the action is unsteady. Fans should watch out for the last act where Howard gets involved in some of the best action sequences you will ever see on screen.
Singer Dua Lipa, Henry Cavill, and John Cena take a backseat to the central characters and that's even an understatement. So, those who decide to see Argylle because of them will be shocked by the amount of screen time they get.
Films of this genre often have lies, deception and betrayal but this one takes it a bit further by doubling down on all of the aforementioned stuff. Halfway through, I began to wonder who the real bad guys were and if the protagonist was really the protagonist.
Argylle tries to be very good and doesn't hit its ambitious target. That notwithstanding, the journey itself is worth following, thanks to Rockwell who sets up the necessary ass-kicking before Howard goes full throttle in the third act.
Conclusively, it is a good watch, nothing more.