The Man From U.N.C.L.E. [MOVIE REVIEW]

'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' is a movie I was probably a bit too excited about for my own good because I really did not know anything about it apart from what I had seen in one trailer (not the one shown on Comic Con). All my hype was completely based on the fact that it was a spy movie starring Henry Cavill and directed by Guy Ritchie. So now I finally went out and saw it and here is what I thought.

In terms of spy movies, 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' is definitely a bit under the radar this year when compared to what we have gotten and what we are going to get ('Kingsman: The Secret Service', 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' and 'Spectre'). Considering that 'Spectre' is coming out in November I doubt many will remember this film by the end of the year which is quite a shame because this is definitely not a bad film. In fact I enjoyed it quite a lot. Yes there are problems, probably a bit more than I expected but when the credits rolled I did want to see more of these characters but sadly a sequel will most likely not get made due to the lack of interest in a movie called 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'. I really cannot imagine the studio being surprised that people did not run out to watch a movie with that title so naturally, it is a flop at the Box Office and it definitely does not deserve to be.

Now I do not know anything about the old TV-Show from the 60's so I am just looking at this as just another fun spy movie and I felt that one of the strengths the movie had was the portrayal of its main characters. When I looked at Henry Cavill in the poster and in the trailer I really expected him to be a James Bond type who is perfect at everything and always never makes a mistake and of course when the film began he did have that kind of attitude so it really pleasantly surprised me to find out that he makes just as many mistakes as his Russian counterpart does. It is not just black and white, they are both the butt of a joke and they both do very impressive things.

What makes this movie truly work though is the "fun" aspect of it. There are some great visual gags here and both Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are up to the task and makes all of them work. For all the complaints you could make that the plot is paper-thin and the complete lack of substance it has - it does kind of make up for it with the style it is going for and the fun interaction between the characters really do distract you well enough from wanting more out of it. Yes this does not excuse it completely from having a paper-thin plot but I was not really bothered by it until after the movie ended. I do wish more thought had been put into the story because it follows all the typical trope making it very predictable. 

What did drive me kind of nuts about this film however is the editing because for all the jokes that worked - there were a couple that fell flat all because of the lackluster editing. In the third act there is a chase scene and the way it was edited made it almost incomprehensible and took me right out of what was happening, the other fight scenes are okay but it is mostly due to the way they were directed. The movie also focus a lot on showing you a scene and then after a couple of minutes they go back to it in a quick flashback and shows you what that scene really meant and these do work for movies like this - but it happens way too many times in 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' that it just becomes irritating after a while.

Overall though, while it is not a great film - it is definitely a good one and I would go out and watch the sequel if one were to be made (which is of course very unlikely). Guy Ritchie's style fits well with the tone of the film even though it never really decides if the film is 100% a comedy or if we are meant to take some things seriously. The editing ranges from being serviceable to just downright incomprehensible. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are both great and are the main reasons why most of the jokes worked.


- Lucas


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