The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Film Review

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It’s the 1960s and style is kicking around everywhere here – the clothes, the hairstyles, the amazing furniture, the whole kit and kaboodle. There’s a very cool C.I.A. agent, Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and a somewhat stilted but very handsome K.G.B. agent, Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer – and what a hell of a name he’s got!) who end up working together on a mission – to protect and gain information using sassy and gorgeous Gaby (Alicia Vikander). Then there are the bad guys, most notably the absolutely fabulous Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki -and this is an awesome actress with a fabulous stage presence and I want more of her please, casting agents and directors, note).

It is a beautiful film. It’s is stunning and stylish, cool and fabulous. It’s wasn’t that amazing plot-wise – interesting, but I wasn’t totally engaged. I just felt kind of distant and vague. Strange. Still, I’d recommend a watch, it’s a lot of fun.

 

Mirror, Mirror (2012) Film Review

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A retelling of the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, with a couple of key changes. The evil queen, played by Julia Roberts, needs to marry Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer)to keep being able to spend lots of cash. She has kept her stepdaughter locked up, but when Snow White (Lily Collins) gets out and sees how the kingdom is starving, she vows to find a way to get her kingdom back. Along the way she meets a group of bandits, the seven dwarves (Martin Klebba, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Jow Gnoffo, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno and Ronald Lee Clark) and they help each other.

I thought this was pretty darned good initially, although at moments, I think the story was sacrificed for gags, which was a shame. And then it ended with a crappy Bollywood number. I quite like Bollywood, the glitz, the glamour, the music. But not when it is totally out-of-place and not when it is crap.

Anyhow. The costumes were amazing. Never before have I wanted to be a princess, but if I could get those outfits, I’d do it in a second. And, unlike Snow White and the Huntsman, thanks for highlighting the work of some top short statured actors – here were seven top performances, and Peter Dinklage wasn’t even in it. Now, if only we could see a bit more from the chicks, that’d be ace.

Mirror, Mirror was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design.