“Argylle”: A messy and not even funny spy comedy

We can never say enough that you need to be careful with trailers. For several weeks, “Argylle’s” Matthew Vaughn’s new film (director of the hit Kingsman saga), is speeding through French cinemas, announcing its release this Wednesday. And every time we see it, we stick to the sides: crooked-looking spies, unique fights, a horror novelist, gags and a crazy cat that appears on several occasions, which, with its delirious attitude, always provokes laughter in the room.

Except that this promotional teaser is a gimmick, not to say a rip-off: taken from this messed-up feature film that plagiarizes a French classic, and isn’t particularly funny at all, “Back!” we want to shout » Especially because the cat that is so visible in the trailer disappears from the story after 40 minutes… A fraud worth drawing!

“Argylle” tells the story of a young James Bond-style thriller author who finds himself immersed in a crazy adventure with spies who bear an uncanny resemblance to those he describes in his novels. They will explain that his books are so “visionary” about the reality of what they live that major international intelligence agencies use them to plan the course of their covert operations.

To relax with laughter, you will need to iron

But this story, which we only summarized at the beginning, is mixed with so many twists and turns that we don’t understand anything quickly, and we get completely bored – for 2h19. As a comedy, for example, it is a spy plot that is close to the authors John Le Carre. Guaranteed yawns for those who came to find something to relax and laugh about.

Oh, there are worse things. The hero, whether writing at his desk or caught up in battles between special agents, mentally projects images of the stories and characters he imagines as he constructs his stories. Doesn’t that remind you of anything? Yes, of course “Le Magnifique”, the 1973 classic with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jacqueline Bisset. And who, for his part, was howling with laughter: intentional or not, this bad plagiarism does not come close to the level of Philippe de Broca’s film.

We can always try to console ourselves with the actors’ performances, but that’s not a given. Henry Cavill – Superman himself -, Bryan Cranston (the hero of “Breaking Bad”) and the actor and director Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Ron Howard, who shines in the “Jurassic World” saga) funny or failed performances. prefer Sam Rockwell’s cuteness as the clumsy spy. Other well-known personalities pass through the field, Dua Lipa, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson… They do not raise the level. But what a failure!

Editor’s note:

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Matthew Vaughn’s spy film, Bryce Dallas Howard, Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston… 2h19.

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