Reviewed byAdam GrahamVote: C-/10
While it looks good - Ritchie has always been a slick visual stylist - it's ultimately as passive as an old rerun.
Reviewed bysocrates99Vote: 9/10/10
Remembering the TV show, just barely, I remember I liked Illya a littlebetter than Napoleon. That hasn't changed in this far better version.This movie is a joy and I either smiled or laughed through the wholething. There is no way they're not making a sequel.
Guy Ritchie's direction is assured and far more clever and entertainingthan his current rivals. And his eye for casting, assuming it was hisdoing, is impeccable. I particularly appreciated Alicia Vikander whowas dreamy enough in Ex Machina. Here she does a little dance in onescene that went indelibly into my do not erase memory.
Cavill and Hammer make an unexpectedly good team. And though I was alittle partial to Hammer's performance, Cavill has a flair for comedythat I haven't known about. Oddly enough, Hugh Grant who appearsbriefly, is a proved asset but seems a little out of place.
All in all though this is a fun movie and not to be missed.
Reviewed byRinaldi GulinaoVote: 8/10/10
When I first saw the previews for Guy Ritche's latest film, "The Manfrom UNCLE" a remake of the series of the same name I decided toapproach it fresh. So I avoided watching any of the adventures ofRobert Vaughn's Napoleon Solo and David McCallum's Ilya Kuryakin.
I mean, to do otherwise just would not be fair, since my exposure tothe original is limited to pop culture references. Why catch up to ashow from decades ago only to rip apart the new one? Why give myselffalse nostalgia?
That said, I cannot tell you whether this is a faithful recreation ofthe original, a tasteful homage, or perhaps a complete bastardization.
However, I can say that, as a Guy Ritchie action-comedy, it works. Thejabs at fictional representations of espionage are delivered with nearperfect timing. Even the languishing takes meant to ridicule thetropes, stereotypes and clichés we have all come to see in every actionspy thriller do not feel drawn out. All of Ritchie's trademarks arealso there, from the diagetic sound that shifts to almost non-diageticlevels as the on screen action becomes a musical montage a musicvideo if you will right down to the ubiquitous tongue in cheek,deadpan humour.
While I am sure the more eagle-eyed of viewers could play a game of"spot the anachronism" (that tube frame 4x4 in the previews, forinstance), I would actually fault this movie as being too period. Theyseem to have cherry picked all the things people imagine as from theera. The result is that the clothes are just too chic, the set piecestoo on the nose.
Then again, I guess that is the point: You are meant to fall in lovewith the aesthetics of that period as interpreted by Oliver Scholl'sproduction design, and as captured by John Mathieson's cinematography.The fashion, the accessories... even the cars. Especially the cars! Howcould any depiction of the glamour of the sixties be complete withoutone Jaguar E Type? Also, watch out for the cameo of a $38 millionFerrari.
Even with the attention to detail "Mad Men" put into shattering anypreconceived notions of the so-called swinging sixties, as well asCNN's "The Sixties" television documentary series' unflinching look atthe social turmoil of those times, somehow I still wish I could havelived back then.
Or at least escape into the movie universe they have created.
Because in our world where terrorist groups are committing heinous actsof barbarity that would put any of UNCLE's supervillain enemies toshame, where spy thrillers like "Homeland" had to up the ante becausereality is scarier than the fictional world they have created, wherethe James Bond 007 franchise lost its playfulness long ago and justkeeps getting grittier and grittier, and where Donald Trump is the mostpopular US republican presidential aspirant, the Cold War and itsMutually Assured Destruction definitely seem worth pining for. I meanwhat is the mere threat of a few megatons of thermonuclear annihilationcompared to the Donald?
The movie is cast satisfyingly well enough, with Armie Hammer's IlyaKuryakin projecting a cold lethality that may have been a bit much.Luckily, this is a bickering buddy movie, where Henry Cavill's NapoleonSolo balances things out with borderline insufferable calm smoothness.For something with a bunch of Brits speaking in American accents, I ama bit surprised they toned down Gaby Teller's accent whenever thecharacter speaks English I'm sure the Swedish Alicia Vikander couldlay an affectation of an East Berliner real thick.
In all, "The Man from UNCLE" is an enjoyable comedy and an escapistfare which just happens to be seemingly set in our past. I even rank itas a solid tale of espionage, with the end reminding me of Roger Mooreas Bond, yelling to General Gogol, "That's détente comrade. I don'thave it. You don't have it."
In the 1960s with the Cold War in play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo successfully helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby's father's scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their own agendas.