Movie Talk,  MovieMuse Reviews by Erin

Argylle

Argylle (2024) – Typical (way WAY) over-the-top crazy stupid fun of Matthew Vaughn. His style is very particular, and most people either love it or hate it. If you usually don’t care for his work, this movie won’t change your mind. He can be hit or miss for us, and this mostly hit, though I’m grateful it was PG-13. The characters are fun and quirky, and the story (mostly) makes sense, at least in terms of the broad strokes. It’s fun to see some of Vaughn’s “usual suspects” here, such as Samuel L. Jackson and Sofia Boutella. I wasn’t sure about pairing Bryce Dallas Howard with Sam Rockwell. I like both of them individually, but I didn’t necessarily see them working well with (or against) each other, but in the end, they won me over. Henry Cavill plays his part with exactly the right balance between taking the role seriously and yet still being in on the joke. MGM, if you’re looking for your next James Bond, consider this his audition! Fun fact: Cavill was actually a finalist for Bond back when they cast Daniel Craig in 2005, but they thought Henry was too young to convincingly play the part since he was only 22 at the time (and I agree). He needed to get a little age on him to pull off Bond, IMO, but now would be a *very* good time! Ahem, moving on….

As usual, some of the “moments” in the movie went on far too long (like the big dance number, and I don’t mean the one at the beginning), while others were played to perfection. I enjoyed the “breaking the fourth wall, and yet not,” and they managed not to overuse it. I also love the attention to detail of being able to see Elly’s “eyelashes” in the shots where you’re looking “through her eyes” and she keeps blinking. It’s a nice touch that could easily have been overlooked, yet it adds some true realism (to an otherwise fantastical film) that helps ground things a bit.

But can we talk about the cat for a minute? I didn’t know until I was reading the IMDb trivia for Argylle (Note: there are spoilers at that link!) that Matthew Vaughn is married to Claudia Schiffer. (Yes, THE Claudia Schiffer; they’ve been married for over 20 years! And they have a daughter named… wait for it… Clementine.) Well, Alphie is actually Chip, who is Claudia’s cat. Though I appreciate the thought behind using Chip, I really wish they had gotten a trained cat, and I definitely wish they had used a real cat – any real cat – far more than they did. In fact, there was almost no “real cat” in the movie, as far as I could tell. As for CGI cat? Super creepy!!! It didn’t move like a cat! Like it’s joints moved… wrong. I don’t know how to explain it. It was like the uncanny valley, but in cat form.

Aside from that, it was a fun and brainless way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy Sunday. Remember, for the love of all that is holy, DON’T THINK, just go along for the wacky and ridiculous ride, and you should enjoy yourself for the most part. There is one stinger, part way through the credits.

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