Director Matthew Vaughn has always blended bloody violence with comedy, creating an entertaining mix of blockbuster action and laughs, whether it’s the comic book adaptation “Kick-Ass” or the British spy antics of “Kingsman.” Vaughn’s latest contribution to the action comedy genre is “Argylle,” a movie that absolutely delivers on bonkers action while letting the versatile Sam Rockwell and charming Bryce Dallas Howard team up as an unlikely duo caught up together in a world of espionage and intrigue. 

Bryce Dallas Howard plays author Ellie Conway, the writer behind the successful “Argylle” spy novels. But her life is thrown into upheaval when a real-life villainous agency believes she’s the key to sorting out the next step in their diabolical scheme to expose government spies working undercover around the world. Helped by a secret agent named Aidan (Rockwell), Ellie must try to stay alive (with her cat in tow) as people keep trying to kidnap her. The duo have an entertaining dynamic that evolves into a romance as many twists and turns unfold and make things infinitely more complicated. Vaughn escalates things to such an unbelievable level that the third act delivers two absolutely ludicrous action sequences that are both absurd and awesome and deserve to be seen.

Plus, let’s not forget that Henry Cavill, John Cena, Dua Lipa, and Ariana DeBose also bring some heightened action comedy laughs by bringing the world of Ellie Conway’s “Argylle” books to life too. Don’t worry about the Rotten Tomatoes score, hop on this crazy train, and enjoy the ride. (Ethan Anderton)

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Henry Cavill, John Cena, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, Ariana DeBose, Samuel L. Jackson

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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