RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2015
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Pictures
DIRECTOR: Guy Ritchie
SCREENWRITERS: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram
STARRING: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant
GENRE: Action, Adventure
Runtime 116 min
The Man from U.N.C.L.E was a movie adapted from a tv show from the late 60’s starring Robert Vaughn and David Mc Callum. Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kurakin (Hammer) were the top CIA and KGB agents teaming up to stop a terrorist from building and unleashing an atomic bomb. This terrorist organization has a missing German scientist that has caused this awkward partnership and they both seek the aid of the daughter of the scientist. The terrorist group is led by Victoria Vinciguerra, a beautiful femme fatale.
The story flows quite beautifully without ever leaving a dull moment for the audience and bits of comedy are inserted in several places to smooth out the rough bumps of action packed scenes. Cavill, Hammer and Vikander give some brilliant performances; bringing back the old feel of the spy movie era.
We also see a cameo appearance from Hugh Grant who fits his character quite well. He’s aged a bit; not the handsome and charming bachelor. One might even see him transforming into another “Michael Caine” type character. Guy Ritchie is known for his stylized look of films and the Man from U.N.C..L.E is no exception to this. Using divider boxes similar to comic panels and certain coloring and special effects, he’s captured the true feel of those old spy films like The Saint.
This film is a definite must see and will keep you entertained for the whole 116 minutes. The soundtrack is phenomenal and you will not leave disappointed.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.