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While comedic, Apple’s ‘Argylle’ proves lengthy, convoluted

Published March 4, 2024

BY NICOLE MIRSKI

Although prolonged and overly nonsensical, “Argylle,” directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Sam Rockwell is, at the very least, entertaining.

While Elly (Howard) is writing her fifth novel in the series “Argylle,” more than just her fans are watching her every move. The characters she has generated in her mind are, in fact, not entirely fictional, and are trying to be the victors in her story by obtaining a “master key” which contains information on all of the secret agents working with the immoral organization known as the Division. Through the help of Aiden (Rockwell), slightly sloppy computer-generated imagery and a few too many slow-motion shots, Elly navigates a world that is unfamiliar to her.

Henry Cavill, Dua Lipa and John Cena (from left) during a beginning scene in _Argylle._ (courtesy of APPLE ORIGINAL FILMS)

The fast-paced storyline provides watchers with stimulating intrigue while the amusing dialogue and scenes create a sense of adrenaline. Including stereotypical depictions of settings like France, Greece and London, the aesthetics of the film are attractive and decorated.

Also included in the cast are Dua Lipa, Henry Cavill and John Cena, but it seems like they have less screen time than Elly’s cat Alfie, who doesn’t really serve a purpose besides being the target for comedic quips. 

With a standout performance from Howard, her ability to manage difficulties of the plot and character development brings the film together to construct a piece that, although confusing, is exciting nonetheless. On the other hand, Agent Argyle (Cavill) is lacking and shallow, with minimal character development, to no fault of Cavill.

With the show’s watchtime coming out to two hours and 19 minutes, and the last 45 minutes somewhat unnecessary, the movie is long and redundant, even with the ending featuring a puzzling cliffhanger. Released by Universal Pictures and Apple Original Films, “Argylle” wasn’t the box office success they had hoped for. With a budget of $200 million, the film only made $18 million during its American opening weekend of Feb. 2, according to AP News. 

Filled with violence and action, but surprisingly minimal gruesome images, the film is crowded with too many twists to keep track of, especially near the end, causing it to be repetitive and confusing. With a streamlined plot, the film could have been more understandable, giving the wacky nature of the movie the ability to shine through in a positive light.  

Although the plot of the motion picture is perplexing, the amusing absurdity of it make it somewhat entertaining and compelling at the very least.

5/10

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