The Man From UNCLE

Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

Missed this when it was in theatres. I probably should have given it a shot in theatres. It’s not a groundbreaking work, but it was pretty fun. I’m still not sold on Henry Cavill as a movie star just yet. There’s an emptiness in his acting. Armie Hammer does a decent job, but Cavill is too suave, too smiley for me. Maybe it’s just me. I dunno.

I’m also not familiar with the original material, so I can’t really compare it. But, what I can compare it to is other Guy Ritchie films. In some ways, his usual style is there, but it’s buried way too deep for anyone to see. He’s becoming progressively more mainstream, which is a shame, because his best work is decidedly NOT mainstream. He’s in the game for balls-to-the-wall films like Lock Stock, Snatch, and RockNRolla. Not for his mainstream stuff. Sherlock Holmes just made him bigger, but he had already arrived, and was already beloved by film nerds everywhere. I was disappointed that it didn’t seem more like a typical Ritchie film, when it had all the makings to be one.

The Man From Uncle is the kind of film you’ll enjoy on a day off, if you’re just looking for a film to watch that doesn’t suck. It’s good enough to take your mind off for two hours, but it’s not memorable. It’s not a classic, and it will be forgotten in a few years. It doesn’t bring anything new or exciting, but follows a preset formula to minimize risk. It’s disappointing only if you really were looking for a Guy Ritchie movie. If you forget he’s the director, it’s just a pretty good movie.

FINAL GRADE: B

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