Guy Ritchie gave the world a trailer for his new movie today, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” It’s a remake of a 1960’s TV show about spies. I never saw it. Hell, you probably never saw it, but they are making it anyway and your elders are probably stoked about it. The new one will star Armie Hammer who was recently in “Entourage” and “The Lone Ranger” (a film I hated much less than everyone else), Henry Cavill (the latest Superman), Alicia Vikander who was amazing in “Ex-Machina”, Hugh Grant and it’s rumor David Beckham will make an appearance. Check out the trailer below and my rankings of Guy Ritchie’s film career.
1. “RocknRoller” – this one took it farther than “Snatch” or “…Two Broken Barrels” did. It wasn’t as original since Richie’s style had been well set, but the piece and the plot really lived in that world and the soundtrack might be the best soundtrack to ever be tracked.
2. “Snatch” – for all the same reasons I put “RocknRolla” and number one I put this at number 2. Close to perfect, but not quite as polished, though Pitt nailed that role.
3. “Sherlock Holmes” – Here is where the remake business really got hot for Ritchie (he’s doing a King Arthur film for next year) and it really worked here though some may have complained Iron Man shouldn’t be playing a British icon, it worked overall and the film really took you somewhere.
4. “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” – It’s the movie that disappoints people (you can actually see it in their faces) after you’ve told them you haven’t seen it. They look at you with the same eyes they would give a pound puppy. Besides it was the first movie where Jason Statham hit the scene and he has kicked as ever since. This is England’s “Blood Simple.”
5. “Revolver” – Jason Statham and Ray Liotta! Daymmmmmm. Don’t gamble. Good lesson. Not as good as “Snatch” but nearly redeemed Richie from the movie he made right before it in 2002.
6. “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows” – In the grand scheme of movies this isn’t bad, but as a follow-up it really fell flat. Though I think Jared Harris is a phenomenal actor a bigger name for Moriarty would have made a bigger impact.
7. “Swept Away” – Didn’t see it. No one I know did. 3.6 on IMDB and 5% on the Tomatometer. The audience score is 27%, but that isn’t selling point either. I’m not sure a rom-cam is in Guy’s wheelhouse.
We will have to wait until August 14th to find out where “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” falls into the list.