The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Title: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Year: 2015
Director: Guy Ritchie, “Snatch,” “Rock N Rolla”
Top Billed Cast: Henry Cavill, “Man of Steel,” Armie Hammer, “The Social Network,” Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Brief Synopsis: A film adaptation of a late 1960’s television crime drama. Themes, soundtrack, and visuals are very similar to 007 and “Mission Impossible” films. The story that involves time/date appropriate and overused cold war tensions.
My Word to the Wise: Guy Ritchie does a good job with visuals. He must have some cool apps for editing. Much of the film is spliced up like my “PhotoGrid” app on my iPhone 6 plus. Story, not amazing. I do like Henry Cavill’s voice. When he speaks, you can’t help but wake up. There are some cool stunts as well.

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Guy Ricthie can boast of being married to and divorced from Madonna. He can’t say he went to film school. In fact, he’s known for saying film school graduates make boring films that are “unwatchable.” I think Guy Ritchie should have gone to film school. He has a big mouth that his movies so far, for me, can’t back up. This film is shallow and not much more than an undergraduate’s best effort, given access to all the big boy director toys. Somehow this guy knows how to get in with the big dogs, unfortunately he can’t run with them. I’ll send him an application to Cal Arts. God knows he can afford the tuition. Having said that, it’s a nice presentation visually. It would be a good one to put on the HiFi surround sound on low at a cocktail party. Not much stayed with me.

Author: Damien Riley

I write film reviews & record 2 film podcasts: The Damien Riley Podcast and Talking Stars. Thanks for reading and listening, see you at the movies!

7 thoughts on “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

    1. Yeah, I probably used the wrong adjective. It had trouble getting going, if you will. The characters had no chemistry, it was like a comic book without words because it wasn’t developed enough. Anyway, like I said at the end, it’s worth watching but compared to a James Bond or Mission Impossible, it’s a bit thin in my opinion. Thanks John!

    1. Thank you. Yes at times I felt it was just plain boring. That cocky comment by Guy Ritchie in an interview may hae influenced my review as well. How pompous. Anyway, thanks again.

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