I remember watching The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series with my pops when I was a lil guy. Maybe that is where my love of spy fiction came to be. I must admit that when this big screen adaptation was announced, I wasn't exactly thrilled about it. I thought the show was dated and that it would just be another lazy, half assed Hollywood offering that was completely unnecessary and without substance.
But Guy Ritchie shows that once again he can take an existing franchise and do great things with it as he did with Sherlock Holmes. Ritchie wisely keeps the setting in the 60's, allowing him to incorporate the feel and look of that era into his version of U.N.C.L.E. which gushes with style and sexiness. Cavill, Hammer and Vikander make for a great team and I must admit, I really am hoping they continue the series.
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2 months ago
The Godfather 3. That is what I thought after watching El Camino. My comparison is based on how the third GF is decent enough by itself but doesn't hold a candle to its two predecessors. In that regard, El Camino will forever be looked at in the same vein when viewing it next to one of the best tv shows ever to grace the small screen (its in my personal top three and I'm not even sure of that three's order).
Should we have just left Breaking Bad as was and imagined for ourselves what happened to Jesse after? Eh, its not like El Camino is terrible and completely unneeded. There were definitely a few things to tie up and some solid moments throughout its runtime. But after watching, I just don't feel like its fair to Jesse's character to return back to him with a little less than two hours of material after five seasons leading up to his current situation. Does the follow-up work? Sure it does. Would it have been better had they given it a whole season and done it right after season five concluded? Probably. But would that story hold water to the arc that already ended five years earlier in epic fashion? Probably not. So I do battle a little bit wondering if we really needed to see what happened at all. Because as entertaining as it was to watch, El Camino was equally as underwhelming when held against the greatness of its source material.
I saw enough promise in the first Hell House that made me want to give it's sequel a gander to see if the director had made any progression after the first. But ultimately this one is much more messier than the first and does not have enough shining moments to somewhat balance out the bad as its predecessor did. I don't know if I will finish the trilogy out.