The classic 60’s TV series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” finally gets adapted for the big screen and the whole film is kind of a mess.
Director and co-writer Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) once again takes a crack at bringing iconic characters to the cineplex and once again the outcome is a mixed bag. On the plus side Ritchie has assembled a very attractive cast. In the lead roles we have Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel), Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina). These three actors light up the screen with their chiseled faces, perfect hair and fit bodies but that is literally all they bring to the table.
Cavill comes off slightly better than Hammer who is devoid of the charisma needed to be a leading man. After his abysmal performances in “Mirror Mirror” and “The Lone Ranger” I’m not quite sure how many more chances Hollywood is willing to give this stiff. In every scene the actors perform as if they know they are in a movie and that is detrimental to any film. The dialogue seems forced and the witty banter and constant one-upmanship gets old very fast.
Ritchie who has a couple cool films on his resume brings nothing to the table as most of the big action set pieces are flat out boring. The director also misses the boat on how to film a gorgeous city such as Rome. In Sam Mendes’ “SPECTRE” this famous locale is absolutely breathtaking but in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” the city is lit to look like a Hollywood backlot set and that is just sad.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E” has almost zero going for it as fans of the original television series will find nothing much to like about it and millennials will most likely be bored out of their skulls. I suggest that if you’re really looking for great spy movies that are humor infused and feature top notch action then revisit “Mission Impossible Rouge Nation” and “SPECTRE” and skip “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
Drumroll please… 4 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.