The Argument (with annotations) is an appropriated-footage essay about metaphor. Its unseen narrator's line of thought takes us on an unstraight path past the works of T.S. Eliot, Homer, Groucho Marx, John Carpenter, Terence Davies, and Carl Reiner, plus some lackadaisical astronomy and a 1960s television series with a very distinctive font. There is also a riddle about mirrors that's either the best riddle about mirrors you've ever heard or the worst one.
That's what the film is for a while, anyway. Then something else happens.
The Argument (with annotations) performs a riff on the genres of the essay-film and the more recent “video essay”, a riff whose narrator’s authority is called into question — and whose audience, thinking they are watching an appropriated-footage piece, has the rug pulled out from underneath them when they find that they are watching a fiction film.