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  • Writer's pictureShantanu Rastogi

Argylle (2024)

Argylle, from director Matthew Vaughn, had all the ingredients for a thrilling adventure: a stellar cast, stylish direction, and a globe-trotting plot. Unfortunately, while it tries to capture the magic of classic spy films, it ends up feeling like a missed opportunity, lacking the cohesion and excitement needed to captivate its audience truly.

But what exactly went awry? Read on!

In Argylle, we follow a team of spies as they tackle a global threat orchestrated by a shadowy villain. While the premise sounds interesting, the execution falls short. The plot feels like it's trying to cram too much into its runtime, resulting in a disjointed narrative that jumps around without giving viewers a chance to catch their breath. And while the twists and turns are meant to keep us guessing, they often feel forced and predictable, robbing the story of its suspense.


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Despite boasting a cast of talented actors, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell and Henry Cavil, the characters here never quite come to life. Even the chemistry between the actors can't make up for the lack of development, making it hard to truly care about their fates.

Matthew Vaughn's trademark style is present in this movie but it feels like a watered-down version of his previous work. While there are moments of visual flair and some well-executed action sequences, they're few and far between. Vaughn's knack for blending action and humour also seems to be missing here, leaving the film feeling a bit flat compared to his earlier efforts.

One area where Argylle shines is in its production design and cinematography. The film is visually stunning, with lavish set pieces and stunning cinematography that transport us to exotic locations around the world. From sleek spy gadgets to stylish costumes, the attention to detail is evident throughout. It's just a shame that these elements aren't enough to elevate the overall experience.

TSHC Score: 4/10


Argylle is a mixed bag. While it has its moments of excitement and intrigue, they're overshadowed by a lackluster plot, underdeveloped characters, and uneven direction. Even with an all-star cast, it failed to deliver a new espionage thriller but with a bit more focus and polish, it could have been a standout addition to the spy genre.

Nevertheless, this original song from the movie slaps!


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