Chris Stuckmann: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Chris Stuckmann reviews The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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8 comments

  1. I’m going to see this movie in about two weeks. Also, The Lone Ranger was not that bad. Just kinda odd tone-wise.

    • Maybe saying the tone is odd in describing The Lone Ranger is correct, I won’t argue it, but I would tend to say that it was just wrong. Yes, it is “Tonto and the Lone Ranger” and not “The Lone Ranger”. It should have been the hero’s journey, yet the lone ranger we got was not the hero we really wanted.
      I also agree that that movie wasn’t bad, it was just different. I think it was written as it was because the hero’s journey we were expecting would have felt old and worn-out as we were mostly familiar with it already and thus it would have given us nothing new no matter how pretty it looked. They had to give us something different whether we wanted it or not, and the result was that we didn’t want it because it was not what we were familiar with. Tonto had more of the Lone Ranger characteristics than the Lone Ranger did and it definitely hurt the film.
      As for ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I’ll still give it a try despite Chris’s C+ rating. I think I’ll just try to see it at matinee price though in case it doesn’t meet my expectations.

  2. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Yeah i agree with you when you said that armie hammer didn’t work out in the lone ranger since that flick was pretty much the tonto movie. I really not am interested in seeing this movie even though i heard that the comic con trailer was awesome.

  3. This is easily the most fun movie I’ve seen so far this year. All three main cast members have fantastic chemistry with each other (Cavil in particular is suave as fuck) and the movie is just a fantastic 60’s period piece breezy Spy Thriller romp. Some of the shaky-cam action did bug me somewhat, as well as the overly ADHD modern quick cut editing that would occasionally pop up even for things like panning establishing shots, but it was never more than a minor distraction, and the cool retro-60’s soundtrack more than made up for it.

    One little detail that really bugged me though: one of the MaGuffins they’re after is the scientists data recorded onto what they repeatedly describe as a “computer disk”, except it’s *not* a disk! it is very clearly a cartridge containing a reel of magnetic computer tape, and no one who actually lived back in the era the film takes place in would ever in a million years think to describe this thing as a “disk”, that is a word that only someone who was raised in the modern would use to describe a completely different storage medium that serves as a rough equivalent to the CD Rom disks they’re familiar with.

  4. I’m 60, and I watched the original TV series first run on NBC. No, I’m not going to whine and nitpick. Actually, I enjoyed this movie. The leads were good, the chicks looked hot, and I got out of the summer heat for an afternoon. What stuck me, neither good nor bad, was my realization that in the TV series we, the audience, knew nothing about Solo and Kuriakin except one was American and the other was Russian. So, that’s out of the way now, and if they do a sequel, I’d love to see UNCLE’s New York HQ, numbered triangle shaped badges and all.

  5. It was disappointing that you gave it such a low score sicne I’ve been looking forward to this movie for quite some time. I mean, I love Guy Ritchie. I really enjoyed both Sharlock Holmes films and I loooove Snatch.
    Either way, I’m most likely gonna watch this in theaters either way.

  6. OH NO! Where did Chris’s ridiculous titlecard face go? That’s one of the things I look forward to most from his reviews!

  7. I love the super sayan Sonic shirt…

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