|Sometimes these fights for top billing can get hairy...|
1) I’m ready to call it; Guy Ritchie should only do period pieces from now on. Just as with the Sherlock Holmes films, Ritchie is able to catch the feel visually and aurally of the 60‘s in this movie. Such things as the frequent use of split screen only emphasizes this.
2) I like the use of a variant of the trick Ritchie used in the Holmes film, this time rewinding time to show us information we didn’t originally have.
3) Of course, the most 60‘s thing about this movie is Alicia Vikander’s Gaby. Given her modest figure and impeccable poise, she’s able to rock those Mod fashions something fierce. Hell, she even makes those overlarge sunglasses work for her. Granted, I would have preferred they named her April Dancer, but that might have tipped the movie’s hand as to what her role was in the
|"Why yes, I know how to rock these Carnaby Street fashion..."|
4) This is another film that suffers from a lackluster set of villains. Neither Elizabeth Debicki’s Victoria or her husband make much of an impression, and their motivation could use some work. Even their main henchman is ruined by the way he blabs it up so readily when the tables are turned on him.
5) I wonder if we really needed an origin story for the two leads. One being a thief and the other having anger issues doesn’t really contribute anything to what is, at its core, a very simple high concept. We don’t need that level of depth in this context.
6) Boy, Henry Cavill is...earnest in his portrayal of Napoleon Solo. It’s the kind of performance where I don’t know if he’s being serious or taking the piss out of the spy genre. Considering that Armie Hammer plays his role straight, it sets up a weird vibe between them.
|"No, really...we ARE so villains!"|
7) While I think Ritchie’s urge to do a chase scene on three different planes of location was intriguing, I don’t think it quite works. The fact is, even with the shots showing where the planes were in relation to each other, I found it quite hard to follow.
8) There are a couple of interesting sequences which use two focuses, both for comic effect. And both seem to benefit from Cavill’s comic timing.
9) Even though an argument could be made that he’s underplaying it, it does seem that Hugh Grant is having fun playing Waverly...and I like how the movie foreshadows his appearance a couple of times before he makes his full debut.
10) While it was nice to see the distinctive UNCLE guns in one sequence, it would have been nice to get a clear shot of them (no pun intended).
Overall...Yes, it’s flawed, but it’s also great eye candy and further proof that Guy Ritchie knows his period pieces.