Thursday, August 13, 2015
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Guy Ritchie helms this revival of the 1960's TV spy series, with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) in the leads. As usual Ritchie brings his trademark sense of style to it. But style is really the best thing this flick has going for it. Sure, the leads are all attractive and suave, but in a year of crazy spy movies, ranging from the ultra cool Kingsman: The Secret Service, to the spoofy Spy, to the action packed Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, and to the upcoming Bond, Spectre, this one is arguably the messiest. (And I may even include the fun comedy mess that is Mortdecai when I say that! This is not to say that the film is a complete mess. It's not. I give Ritchie credit for creating something that stands out visually from the pack. It's just not a whole lot of fun. For me, the rare times when the film did come alive usually had to do with supporting character Hugh Grant who has painfully little screen time.
Who is this movie for? If you've see everything else on the big screen already, feel free. But you can do is better.