Welcome to the Weekly Movie Thread, your place on the Avocado to discuss films with your fellow commenters. Want to make a recommendation? Looking for recommendations? Want to share your opinions of movies, both new and classic?
Some films just can’t make it in the theaters. Deep in the trend of remaking old TV shows into films was one that the AV Club couldn’t believe was being made. “Does it count as an adaptation if no one can remember the original?” said Amelie Gillette in the Tolerability Index. Sarah Kurchak wrote, “Guy Ritchie’s new Man From U.N.C.L.E. film adaptation doesn’t come close to capturing that magic. Despite the show’s early cult status, few were craving a cinematic reboot so many years after the fact, and no one involved in any step of the projects’ decades-long crawl toward the screen ever seemed publicly enthused about the source material.” Though to be fair, Jesse Hassenger quite liked it and awarded it a B.
My wife and I absolutely loved it. We saw it in theaters, and tried to catch it every time it was on cable. It’s zippy, it’s stylish. The leads are incredibly beautiful as are the locations. Guy Ritchie can go overboard at times, but here all of his usual touches feel appropriate to the source material.
It’s sad because we can both imagine an incredible sequel with these three actors, but it will never happen because it bombed hard at the box office.
Today’s bonus prompt: what movie do you wish had been more successful?