Don’t you hate it when you go to a kids movie and you hear a child crying or something. It disrupts the movie for you right? I know that this has nothing to do with the film overall but a mother and a child kept disrupting the film I was watching here. By the child walking around the theater and disrupting the film until halfway through the movie the mother and the child decide to just leave. This leaves me with the ultimate question, WHAT MOTHER BRINGS A THREE OLD TO A SPY MOVIE!? Anyway just wanted to get that out there.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is Directed by Guy Ritchie and Stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Hugh Grant. It is based off the 60’s television series of the same name. I had a little curiosity for The Man From U.N.C.L.E because of the 60’s throwback action style that it throws at you in the trailers and also how Henry Cavill could fit this film in his schedule because of his involvement as Superman right now for Warner Bros. I also have to throw this at you all that I have never seen any of Guy Ritchie’s work. This is my first film I have seen from him. I really do not think it makes much of a difference because i am judging the film on its own even if I do not know Ritchie’s style as a director. Unfortunately, a noteworthy director and a talented good looking cast can not save this film as a whole.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E succeeds in what it wants to do and yet it does not. Let me explain. What really surprised me the most was that the chemistry between the three leads especially Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. The one who shines the spotlight mostly here is Henry Cavill. People have been rumored for him as James Bond but yet even know those rumors are just rumors and it might not be true, he definitely has that kind of suave essence in this but he is the best part of this film. Armie Hammer is also good in this even though his Russian accent is questionable in the beginning but you can get use to it. Alicia Vikander? Oh right. She is a Bombshell in this!! I mean she was great in the film but man was she attractive in this. If you wanna know how good of an actress she is, watch this movie that she did with Kit Harrington called “Testament of Youth” and you will know that not only is she attractive but also the most talented actress to come out since Natalie Portman.
Another thing is the action. Even though there are some shaki-cam tricks sometimes but it is not done excessively like most modern action films. Even its 60’s elan direction from Guy Ritchie makes the film kind of fun… sometimes. Thanks to the chemistry from the three main leads, it makes the film funny as well…SOMETIMES. That was like three ‘Sometimes’ but that is what leads me to the problems with this.
Although when I say that the film succeeds in what it wants to do and yet not. In translation I mean that the tone is very inconsistent. You got the 60’s throwback style which is what it is suppose to be but then all of a sudden the movie takes a right turn to a intense and serious tone at one point and then just goes back to what style of the film it is suppose to be originally. It is almost like every five minutes some bully makes you look at something amusing and then all of a sudden you are getting pulled by the hair and being dipped into water. That is how it feels!
Another big problem with this film is that the story is not anything new. It is basically another watered down villain plot who wants to blow up some city with an atomic bomb and create another world war. We already saw that with the movie “Spy”. You know the movie with Melissa McCarthy? The reason that film worked with that story is because it did not take it self seriously, and it was making fun of it self and it was completely hilarious! We can all object that the film wanted to do just because it is set in the late 1960’s and it wanted to follow the crisis that the world had on the atomic bomb but I am not going to sprinkle the poop here. It is just not original.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. may have redeemable qualities thanks to its talented cast and swift and sometimes classy action style but its story and tone cant make the film shine in gold sadly.
Overall Grade: C
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