Sunday, November 8, 2015

2015 - THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. hasn't anyone seen a James Bond film?

An attempt to film a 60's James Bond type of spy thriller with a 21st century vibe.  This film seems more concerned with dressing it's cast up in cool looking clothing esembles than actually chasing the bad guys who are (what else) an evil band of leftover Nazis looking to purchase (what else) an atomic bomb.

The cast certainly tries to be super cool in that old Sean Connery kind of way and I guess they sort of pull it off.  Again, everyone is dressed to the "nines" and the lead Henry Cavill looks good in a three piece suit.  The female lead someone called Alicia Vikander has a cool pair of sunglasses and the Russian guy sports snappy looking semi casual clothing.

I'm not sure why this film was called The Man from U.N.C.L.E since the U.N.C.L.E. organization is not even mentioned until the end of the film.  In fact the film could have easily been titled "Son of Bond" or Operation Kid Brother, although that title has already been taken.

The director Guy Ritchie films every scene with as much zippy style as he can muster which is probably more to the detriment of the film.  It seems he isn't content to just tell tell the story he wants to smother it with lots of kinetic editing.  Maybe that's for the best since the film actually doesn't have much story.  It's just three actors walking around in sharp looking 60's outfits.

116 minutes.

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