Thursday, September 17, 2015

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

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a spy action/comedy from Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Downey's Sherlock Holmes) and based on a 60s TV show (with which I am unfamiliar). More than anything, this is a stylish, slick film. It uses Ritchie's usual cinematic flair with an extra period feel to excellent effect.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are superb as dueling gentleman spies. The female lead, Alicia Vikander, actually has a decent part and does it well. The villain is also played by a woman, Elizabeth Debicki. The plot is suitably twisty for a spy piece.

It occurs to me that this is the third spy film I've seen this year. All of them have had style, two in a British way and the other in a big-budget American action way. This, for me, is the best of the three for its occasional British understatedness, its fine acting performances, its spot-on and refreshing period feel, and its wonderful production values.

This is a satisfying and fun film. I enjoyed it.

Performance: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Production: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Bechdel: Pass (B)
Mako Mori: Pass
What are these?

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