Film #175: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Director: Guy Ritchie
Language: English and some German, Russian, Italian
Length: 116 minutes
Watched on: 28 December 2015 (plane 1/4)

I travelled back to the UK a lot last year – the third time was for New Year, just after Christmas, which I spent with my work friends and boyfriend, and a little skiing trip on Boxing Day (to a ski park almost devoid of snow). So as it happens, I’ve had ample opportunity to catch up on movies during the time that I, admittedly, should have used for sleeping. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was the first such movie that I’d been intending to catch up on.

I have no idea what UNCLE stands for in the title, but it seems to be the codename of a spy plot. The movie is about spies, pitting an American and Soviet agent first against each other, then together against a common enemy. It’s got a comedic streak in it, and derives a lot of the humour from this situation.

It’s directed by Guy Ritchie, with all that that entails: it’s very slick, and it’s personal opinion whether that’s good or bad – I’m ambivalent about it. I like his visual style to an extent, but I also find it insufferable after a while. It also led to the final couple of plot twists almost rushing by inconsequentially because the movie didn’t let up to breathe – although that might just be that they were pretty obvious, and didn’t invite me, like a good plot twist should, to rewatch the movie to see how it changes things.

The movie was cool, and fun, and the actors did their jobs well. The atmosphere of the movie was superb, and I genuinely felt like I was looking back at the 60s in East Germany and other places around Europe. But while I’d be interested in seeing a sequel, I don’t think the movie was memorable enough to go down as a classic.

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One Response to Film #175: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

  1. Dan O. says:

    Nice review. It’s fun and heck, I wouldn’t mind coming back to these characters in another few years or so.

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