Jeri Jacquin

Currently streaming on Apple TV+ from director Matthew Vaughn and Apple Original Films is the story of a writer and a chase for ARGYLLE.

Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard) is a cat lady who is about to finish her fifth successful book. Running into problems finishing the book, she calls Mom Ruth (Catherine O’Hara) who agrees to come help with ideas, even her imaginary hero Argylle (Henry Cavill) wants to know what is next. Elly decides she’d rather pack it up and go visit Mom and dad Barry (Bryan Cranston).

On the train, she is met with a real spy Aidan Wilde (Sam Rockwell) who tells her that a group known as The Division want her because the books that are too close to the truth of things. Aidan wants Elly to write the next chapter so he can figure out a way to stop The Division. Elly makes it clear she doesn’t work that way.

When Wilde lets her know that there is a Masterkey to everything, she decides that she wants more answers after meeting Alfie (Samuel L. Jackson). There is something else that Wilde isn’t telling her but only time will tell if Elly, like her novels, discovers the mystery all on her own

Howard as Elly is so much fun to watch as her character comes out of her shell, as it were, yet manages to do it all while toting a cat! Not sure my cat would be happy with that kind of adventure. Watching Howard turn it out was nice to see and, I don’t think I’ll ever look at ice skating the same again. She gave her character so much in the way of action and adventure that I absolutely loved it.

Rockwell as Wilde gives such a casual character from start to finish. Nothing seems to phase him much as he takes Elly on the ride of her life – until it’s his life that comes into play. Rockwell also bring the dry humor and I would expect no less from him. It looks like he is just having fun playing the character of Wilde and why shouldn’t he, it all should be as much fun for him as it was for me.

Cavill as Argylle is smooth, suave, handsome, agile and sharp with one-liners. I can only hope that, when looking for a new Bond, they see what everyone else sees – he would be an amazing Bond. Okay, now, I’m not a fan of remakes but I have to say that his announcement at CinemaCon that he is working on HIGHLANDER gave me chills. He’s just amazing and that’s it.

O’Hara as Ruth is a mom who wants to help her daughter with her writer’s block and whatever else she is going through. I just love O’Hara so she could have just stood silent in the film and I’d be thrilled. Cranston as dad Barry is also someone else that Elly should watch out for. The thing about Cranston is he can be good as good can be but he can also be as bad as he wants to be.

Shout out to John Cena for being a Bond-ish sidekick and Jackson making vineyard living while spying look good.

Other cast include Rob Delaney as Deputy Powell, Richard E. Grant as Fowler, Louis Patridge as young Argylle, Sofia Boutella as Saba Al-Badr, Jua Lipa as LaGrange, and Ariana DeBose as Keira.

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ARGYLLE has, and I have to say it, a bit of the 1984 film ROMANCING THE STONE with Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. Yes, I realize I’ve just aged myself and also realize most people don’t remember this film. Perhaps that’s what ARGYLLE is counting on.

Now, that being said, it is a fun film full of twists, turns and surprises. Because of all of those things, I can honestly say I had a wonderful time watching it (being a cat person and all). The constant clues, jumping from place to place, never knowing who to trust and revelations makes ARGYLLE a good time to be had by all.

It’s travel, adventure and a bit of mystery in every frame of the film. There is a nice surprise at the end and I’m going to leave it at that!

In the end – once you know the secret, don’t let the cat out of the bag!



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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.