Sunday, August 16, 2015

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

Writer/Director Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a valiant attempt to recreate the feel of the early Bond and Flint films of the ‘60s.  And, together with Production Designer Oliver Scholl and Cinematographer John Mathieson, for the most part, Ritchie succeeds.
The film is a lot of fun to watch.  It has action, adventure, laughs, wit, charm and the feel of a simpler time, when the “enemy” was clear and the “good guys” were dapper.

Henry Cavill is quite Bondian and could very well have taken over from Sean Connery. Alicia Vikander could have also been a “Bond Girl”…one of the smarter ones.  Elizabeth Debicki is a delicious villainess.  And, even Armie Hammer goes a long way toward making amends for his disastrous performance in one of the worst films ever made, i.e., The Lone Ranger.  I, also, have to give a shout out to Sylvester Groth for a truly diabolical performance as Uncle Rudi.

If you liked Kingsman: The Secret Service, you will enjoy The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as well.

I give it a 4 out of 5.

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