Benz Eye View: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Pros:

The two main actors (Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer) have a decent friendship (if cliched) chemistry.

There are a few jokes that I found pretty funny, but there is one great joke by the end of the second act.

It certainly feels like a movie with 60’s era inspiration with a mixture of modern filming.

Cons:

I can barely tell what is going on most of the very few action sequences.  The camera is too close into the action, and there are too many cuts going on these moments.

The story is predictable and cliched with very slow pacing.  If you have seen any movie involving two action partners not liking each other, but end up being close friends, you seen this movie.  Even the villain’s defeat is a bit funny, but anticlimactic.

The editing style of flashbacks to remember what happened in a different person’s point of view which is reminiscent to director Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies does not work here.  Instead of being though-provoking and revelating, it ends up being confusing and annoying.

Overall:

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is based on a TV series back in the 1960s.  I do not know much after that other than it is kind of like James Bond.  Since I have no knowledge of the show, I will rank this movie on its own merits.  I do not like it.  The main reason is that I have seen movies done like what this movie did, but better (i.e. Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, the old James Bond films).  Even ignoring that, I did not find anything happening in this movie interesting.  The problem is how slow it goes as it progresses.  They tried to take advantage of this by having its comedy and actors (who are decent) pull it off, but it does not work.  I will say it is better than the terrible Fantastic Four (2015) movie.  If you are forced to watch any of the two films I mentioned, the Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a better choice, but I cannot say much of it.

3/10

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