The Man from UNCLE
August 24, 2015
Well, it’s a pleasant change getting a movie that’s a throwback to my mother’s formative years instead of my own.
I find I have very little to say about this. Shocking, I know! I was entirely distracted by the women’s GIANT PLASTIC DANGLY earrings. Seriously, this movie was absolutely obsessed with women’s jewelry. The women characters were actually quite refreshing — competent if a little cartoony, but the men around them took them seriously as characters and not as accessories, and that’s always nice. The two leading men were nice to watch. It was a little odd watching something so firmly rooted in 60’s Cold War spy tropes as an aesthetic rather than a political/historical era. (I’m thinking now that the recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy did much the same thing, in a different direction: dour 70’s glumness rather than bright 60’s Mod. And maybe that’s why the movie didn’t thrill me: It felt a bit like playing dress up, as if a child of now had found her grandmother’s go-go boots in the closet. Anyway.)
Fun action, fun characters, interesting things done with sound, editing, cuts, and action. Dragged a bit, despite all that. I never watched the TV show, and I’m wondering if knowing more about the show would have changed my reaction, one way or another.