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dnwilliams
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« on: August 11, 2015, 07:54:48 PM »

2015 is apparently the year of the spy movie. First there was Kingsman: The Secret Service, then Spy, then Rogue Nation. Soon there’ll be Spectre, and right now? There's Guy Ritchie’s take on popular 60s TV show The Man From UNCLE.

Guy Ritchie doesn’t really seem interested in making Guy Ritchie movies at the moment - this being the third  blockbusting action-adventure he’s made while fans await The Real RockNRolla (in vain), and that’s kind of a shame. His two Sherlock Holmes efforts attempted to graft the cartoonish swashbuckle of Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean series onto an Arthur Conan Doyle skeleton, but the Pirates spirit wasn’t fully replicated, Holmes himself would struggle to detect any Conan Doyle, and while a few Ritchie flourishes made it through the experiment the end result would seem to indicate that these large-scale capers are not where Ritchie's strengths lie. The Man from UNCLE may just disprove that though.

UNCLE sees would-be Bond Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, an American secret agent with a sketchy past, out to rescue and recruit unlikely mechanic Gaby (Alicia Vikander). Gaby's familial connections make her a key component of Solo's mission to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of some very bad people. However, Solo isn’t the only one with Gaby in his sights, and what was supposed to be a “simple extraction” goes awry when Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) gets involved, pursuing Solo and Gaby like the nightmare love child of Ivan Drago and the T-1000. Solo and Illya don’t exactly get off on the right foot, so it’s no surprise that when their bosses team them up to handle the nuclear weapons situation as interagency partners, sparks fly. As do punches, implications of parental infidelity, and deeply hurtful insinuations about a lack of fashionability.

The Man from UNCLE is a classic buddy cop movie at heart, and a really good one at that. Much like Kingsman, directed by Ritchie's former producer Matthew Vaughn, UNCLE is happy to stake a claim to the playful and fanciful ground ceded by current Bond movies. There’s more than one occasion when action that would ordinarily be foregrounded plays out in the background for comedic effect, the score leaps from John Barry to Ennio Morricone to Lalo Schifrin to 60s lounge and pop songs without compunction, and the one thing that really makes it stand out from the rest of 2015s espionage line up is that it’s a period piece.

There was a time when The Man From UNCLE was going to be brought to the screen by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, and as wonderful as that may have been, and as shocking as it is to type, it all probably worked out for the best. The Man from UNCLE is definitely worth a trip to the cinema (or two). Here’s hoping for a sequel.


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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2015, 04:44:44 PM »

Still listening to the score for this. Mancini. I forgot how much it borrows from Henry Mancini. Man, this score is good.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2015, 08:44:38 AM »

You have to leave the cinema.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2015, 03:08:43 PM »

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