Noah Baumbach and Guy Ritchie have nothing in common, cept they both direct films, and both were born in September (one yearish a part). Other than that, I happen to see both of their latest cinematic adventures within a week of each other. But their movies DO have something in common – both were nice tries, but kinda more of the same, but basically near misses, that were kinda enjoyable. Knowwhatttamean?
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based off of a TV show that you’ve never seen (and neither of I), but it’s essentially a Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie, set in the mod 60s. It looks cool, zooms right along, but wasn’t much of anything. But it did have an American playing a Russian, a Brit playing an American and a Swede playing a German! What doesn’t make sense is how Ritchie used to make dumb fun movies, but with wit and bite. U.N.C.L.E. had a look, but no wit or bite. It didn’t have me crying U.N.C.L.E., but letz juss say I’m not camping out for a #2
Noah Baumbach had previously done the impossible – he made the unwatchable Greta Gerwig watchable!!! See Frances Ha… for more than juss laughs (HA!)! A second helping of GG and Baumbach has gotta work the same mojo magic again, right? You’d think, and while watching their Mistress America it kinda feels like it’s working, but in the end, it felt more like a misstepped Mistress! Nothing felt natural – especially the acting – and none of the characters were all that likable, although I did like meeting Lola Kirke, who seems to be 1202102301320 times more talented than her sister, as seen on Girls. I really tried and tried to like this movie. I DID. I want Baumbach to be our new Woody Allen, spewing out New York stories that I want to dive into, but not so fast there buddy. We’re edging back to reality – where Greta Gerwig is unwatchable. Still, I’d camp out for what the two do next… as long as she’s watchable
Verdictgo: juss cause I kinda liked both movies, doesn’t mean they’re great movies, so… Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges
The Mistress From U.N.C.L.E. are both playing at a theater near jews
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…