The Movie: 7/10
If you read a few of my reviews you will know I do like some action, but the car chases and fight scenes often bore me so completely. However, once in a while a movie comes along that does it all with a certain style and I get to enjoy the craziness instead of sit there rolling my eyes. Man from UNCLE is a romp, a fun blast from the past with that certain flair that director Guy Ritchie has for all things. Style can get monotonous, but he does a good job in this one to keep it pretty fun and not very heavy-handed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretentious sometimes, but still a good time.
The performances are fine. I’m not a huge fan of Superman dude, so it was hard to not nitpick him a bit here and there. He’s so stiff and controlled, but then as a secret agent maybe he needs to be. What do I know about the spy business? Not much. Hammer is fine too, but that accent..whewwwww….it’s almost funny sometimes even though he’s trying not to be. It’s tolerable though and the rest of what he brings to the character is pretty good. Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki are the stars of this show, of course. Vikander is funny and natural as the not-so-damsel-in-distress. I like that they don’t make her helpless but not too tough and capable either. I like a strong female character who can rely on herself to get through the circumstances presented in the story. In this story we have a trio of folks who need each other, so it’s OK that she gets some assistance now and then:) Debicki is tough and cold and intimidating. She holds it together throughout, that heartless villainous stance, and she does it so well.
The directing is pretty lively. Ritchie is not one for a slow-moving scene, ever. He likes his oddball comedy tossed in for good measure, which I personally find kind of blah. It lowers the quality every so slightly, but I get over it and move on.
The action sequences are dang exciting, that’s for sure. A truck on a boat, a car chase where a car slides on top of a lake, and more. It takes a delicate hand for me to be able to enjoy these massive empty calorie scenes, but there are a few that open my eyes up and make me wince from time to time. If a movie makes me go “whoa” it’s doing something right.
Overall with the music and the 60’s vibe and the cold war tales of spies and intrigue it’s just a good time flick with not much more to offer, but sometimes that’s enough.
- The Guys From Uncle (5 Minutes) – Portraits of our main heroes.
- Spy vision: Recreating The 60’s Cool (8 Minutes) – It’s a shame this is so short as it’s quite a fun watch. Ritchie talks us through most of the making of the movie including costume design which is superb in this film.
- A Higher Class Of Hero (7 Minutes) – A look at the action sequences in the movie, including the buggy chase at the end which is the first time something like it has been committed to film.
- Metisse Motorcycles (5 Minutes) – A look at the owner of Metisse motorcycles who provided the cool bikes in the movie.
- A Man Of Extraordinary Talents (3 Minutes) – This one is dedicated to Richie and shows you what a down to earth guy he actually is.
- UNCLE On Set Spy (5 Minutes) – A bunch of very short segments which come across as web shorts used in promotion of the film.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 4/10
Hmm this cover is not very interesting. Compared to the fun vibrancy of the movie it’s a bit of a soft sell. I would not have it as a poster in my house.
Audio & Video: 9/10
This is Guy Ritchie’s first film to be shot digitally and while that usually means it detracts from the quality of the cinematography during the learning period this isn’t the case here. The Man From U.N.C.L.E looks stunning from start to finish with detail just dripping from the screen. Using the AVC 1080P codec at around 26mbps Warner have a stunning looking transfer that brings the world of 60’s spy to the screen in style. Cinematographer John Mathieson (Xmen First Class/Gladiator) has a distinct feel to his photography that really fits with Ritchie’s frenetic style. I saw no banding or macroblocking in the presentation and even the dark scenes looked great, this is an impressive looking movie to say the least.
Dolby Atmos is fast becoming the choice of home theater enthusiasts and Warner have you covered here with a stunning track that comes from all angles. Music is a big part of the movie and it comes across loud and clear, the movie also has a bunch of different accents and languages but never are lines covered by the action and are always easy to understand. Don’t worry if you are not Atmos equipped the disc will detect your sound hardware and configure itself for your system.
Overall Score /10