Director : Guy Ritchie
Written by : Guy Ritchie
The best films are both indicative of their time yet are also timeless. The Man from UNCLE is neither, but it's a fun watch anyway.
Based on a barely remembered TV show of the same name it seems like an unnecessary undertaking. but here we are so lets charge ahead.
Armie Hamer and Henry Cavill are an unlikely cold war coupling who progress from enemies to frenemies through to team-mates as the film progresses. In the era of blockbuster franchises, this feels like an origin story for a set of future films that may never come to fruition. The MAN from the title only makes a late entrance and the film is really centred on the two male leads. The robot from Ex Machina (Alicia Vikander )plays a third agent Gaby who would traditionally be the focal point of a lust triangle, but here is more of a third wheel as the men appear much more interested in each other.
The plot is whatever. Two agents from opposite side of the Berlin Wall thrown together to confront a common enemy and retrieve the Crystal Skull (or something like that). What follows are 60's sized gadgets, plenty of nice suits and rich person play things from racing cars to yachts to even a dune buggy. Everyone is having fun here and its infectious for the audience. And there's plenty to like. The action is actioney, the explosions are explosionary and the performance are all entertaining in a cartoonish sort of way. And while the tension is diluted by the jokey tone, there's no doubt that it's a well made film with a skilful Director at the helm (Gut Ritchie) who probably should get back to do more weighty things, but may have needed to do this to prove that he can.
But even if this is the last we ever hear of TMFU, this will serve as nice audition tape for Henry Cavill when Daniel Craig retires as Bond.