Modesty Blaise, a secret agent whose hair color and mod clothing change at a snap of her fingers is being used by the British government as a decoy in an effort to thwart a diamond heist. She is being set up by the feds but is wise to the plot and calls in sidekick Willie Garvin to outsmart them.
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this wreck from the past is such a mess, a bore, an epic flop. it's joseph losey's dune, a failure with his moments. monica vitti's english is embarassing and she's clearly not the star of the movie but terence stamp and dirk bogarde are simply ravishing.
23-year-old me wants to tell 10-year-old me that those "Austin Powers" movies aren't as original or "wacky" as she thought. I'm disinterested in spy movies and general psychedelia but I cannot resist Monica Vitti singing in English, her cool unconcern or that perfectly thick blonde hair. Other standouts: a daisy chain of anticlimaxes; Monica's bizarre comedic timing. Offbeat comedienne, one cool rider.
A spy spoof with some inventive shots, but marred by impotent editing and a general lack of fun. The jokes don't really land and there are simply too many costume changes to keep track of. The best reason to watch the film is to let Monica Vitti dazzle you with her on-screen antics for another two hours. (Ignore the fact that her English is less than fluent and her singing fairly terrible.) 2.5 stars.
Definitely from the curious wing of Losey's canon and firmly alongside that other verbose misfire, Boom. These grandiose explosions of superb art direction - but little else - sit uncomfortably alongside the chamber works of The Servant and King & Country. A coin of two sides indeed.