Have I mentioned that I like Guy Ritchie films?
He definitely sneaked his way into the list of my favorite directors. I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes movies, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, but at the time I wasn't really paying attention to who directed the movies. A lot of my more critical story-telling and dissecting faculties were criminally underdeveloped until probably only a few years ago (and I'm still working on them). It wasn't until recently that I started to really appreciate the work that he did in those films enough to get really excited about his upcoming projects.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. The styling, the story-telling, the moments of awesome packed into such a small package. It's good stuff. Which is an interesting thing since I didn't have a lot of ambition to watch the movie in the first place. I'd seen the trailer and thought it looked interesting, but I wasn't driven to go out and see it. It took my brothers-in-law to recommend and watch it along with them for me to finally see the thing, and when I did I was blown away. It's not a flawless movie by any means (and really, what movie is?), but the parts that are good are excellent.
One thing that I really appreciate about his movies is the use of situational comedy. Much like Joss Whedon, Guy has a way of pulling from multiple different comedic styles, visual gags, wordplay, and putting hyper-competent characters into situations where those competencies either can't be used or won't help them. I think he realizes that you can ratchet up tension a lot with the use of comedy, and that when the audience is laughing they can't fully relax. He's also obsessed with making characters look "cool" without turning them into snobs or crossing the line into superhuman.
So, of course I was excited to see that his next movie is coming soon, and from the trailer it looks like a winner in my book.
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