Sound Off: Guy Ritchie's 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
August 14, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Saving the world never goes out of style. Now playing in theaters is Guy Ritchie's latest action extravaganza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., based on the classic 60's TV show. This time we're introduce to two spies on opposite sides - CIA agent Napoleon Solo, played by Henry Cavill, and Russian KGB agent Illya Kuryakin, played by Armie Hammer, who must team up to stop a nuclear weapon from falling into the wrong hands. They join with Alicia Vikander, battle against Elizabeth Debicki, along with Luca Calvani, Jared Harris and Hugh Grant. So how is it? Guy Ritchie back at it? Enjoyable? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Man from U.N.C.L.E.
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To fuel the fire, I really enjoyed The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Over the years I've grown very fond of Guy Ritchie's movies for being pure cinematic entertainment, with some great action set pieces. This has quite a few of them, including tons of car chases and that buggy chase (which was awesome). Plus so much more. Watching the two leads, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, play off of each other was the best part though things aren't complete without Alicia Vikander, who brings a much-needed female dynamic to this group. I will say the story is a bit thin, at times I didn't even care where it was going as much as what the next setup would be. It's not Guy Ritchie's best work, but if you like his movies you'll enjoy this one, too.
Our resident critic Jeremy Kirk also liked The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and wrote in his review of it: "With slaphappy attitude and smart execution, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. serves as an example of the very best that can come from a potentially bad idea. Under the direction of a less experienced filmmaker or one who is less of a visionary, the film could have easily slipped into Austin Powers-level ridiculousness. Anyone remember Starsky & Hutch? As it is, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. also serves as proof that Guy Ritchie is still a filmmaker worth paying attention to if you're in the mood for smart, cool wit dressed in snappy suits. With Kingsman and Spy, that makes 3-3 as far as well-made, spy send-ups in 2015 are concerned."
So what did you think of Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.? Superb action or just bland?
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