Another Spy Movie?

We are TGTF at Jollyhood Pictures as we look forward to another beautiful weekend. Considering we’ve already had one month go by, I thought we should evaluate our progress so far this year. I know you’re wondering what the fuss is all about, after all it’s just been a month. Well I believe in the ‘a stitch in time saves nine” and the earlier, the better syndrome. So once again using the SMART tool model, let’s check if our goals are:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Time bound

If your goals are SMART enabled, then I can categorically state that you’re on your way to a successful year. Well that’s that. It’s Movie Friday and the movie for the week is… The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (funny tittle right). U.N.C.L.E. is actually an acronym for United Network Command Law and Enforcement, a fictional agency compromising of agents from different nationalities based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name as the movie, which was created by Ian Fleming, Norman Felton and Sam Rolfe.  Released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2015, The Man from U.N.C.L.E is an action comedy spy film directed by Guy Ritchie, and co-written by Lionel Wigram and Ritchie. It stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris and Hugh Grant (OMG! Hugh looked so old in the movie). Guess his “Nothing Hill” days are over.


The film received a COFCA Award nomination for Actor of the Year and Breakthrough Film Artist. As of October 22, 2015, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has grossed in $45.4 million in North America and $61.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $110 million, against a budget of $75 million. The film grossed $900,000 from its early Thursday screenings and $4.8 million on its opening day. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $13.4 million, which was about $5 million below expectations, finishing 3rd at the box office…awww. But it didn’t do badly either.  Warner Bros did not preview The Man from U.N.C.L.E. across Asia, it generated $2.7 million from six countries and $1.7 million in Australia.manfromunclecharacterposters-141792 (1)

man-uncle-movie-reviewWhat did the critics have to say? With a rating of 67%, based on 213 reviews, the movie has an average rating of 6.2/10 with the critical consensus being, quote “The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tries to distract from an unremarkable story with charismatic stars and fizzy set pieces, adding up to an uneven action thriller with just enough style to overcome its lack of substance. Whoa! Another critic’s view was “Cavill’s Solo and the movie, are aggressively quippy, which happens when screenwriters set out to be funny but give up when they’re halfway there. Lol. I consider that a low blow. These critics are just wicked.

And what does Jollyhood have to say? Well I found the movie engaging and amusing, especially the love and hate chemistry between Cavill (Solo) and Hammer (Illya). An American spy teaming up with a Russian KGB agent to stop a nuclear attack (the irony isn’t lost considering the hostilities between the countries). Cavill and Hammer the-man-from-u-n-c-l-eplayed out the hostilities perfectly; it was almost like they were made for each other. I also agree that the characters were well played by charismatic stars, loved the repertoire and the banter between the Cavill, Hammer and Alicia. Cavill as a US marine turned art t2B886BBE00000578-3205334-image-a-22_1440109269392hief and now forcibly recruited into the CIA agent, Hammer, a kick ass, uptight stickler for rules agent, with no emotional attachments and anger issues and Alicia, a mechanic posing as a spy but secretly a British undercover spy. Sounds fun right? It was. From the scene where Hammer (Illya) chases Cavill (Solo) and Alicia (Gabby) over the Berlin Wall to the one Hammer almost beats Cavill senseless, not forgetting their moonlight boat adventure…I had plenty of laughs with that one. Also watching Hammer loosen up to making cow eyes eyes at Alicia, and become buddy buddy with Cavill was no less entertaining. And I loved the 60s setting, props and costume too. So maybe the antagonists (Alexander and Victoria Vinciguerra) weren’t fab enough and didn’t match the Cavill/Hammer chemistry, and the script wasn’t so remarkable but we can make do. Besides I feel the movie’s just right for some light hearted fun this weekend.

Okies! Jollyhood hasn’t forgotten that we promised our readers loads of freebies this year. Yeah we did! Are you ready for this week’s biggie? Drumroll please… Jollyhood’s giving out two tickets to one very special couple to go see the movie “Couple of Days” on Valentine’s Day. Yay!!! And you could be that lucky couple. But you know the usual drill nau, you gats to answer my question. Right now I’m just racking my brain, thinking of that ‘JAMB question’ to ask you guys.  And I’m going to make sure it’s one you can’t goggle either. God catch una abi. Lol. Anways just make sure you read next Tuesday’s post for your ‘JAMB question.’ Until then folks. Wishing you a lovely weekend. Cheerio!

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