*No twists spoiled here…
Elite spy Orson Fortune must track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology wielded by billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds. Reluctantly teamed up with some of the world’s best operatives, Fortune and his crew recruit Hollywood’s biggest movie star, Danny Francesco, to help them on their globe-trotting mission to save the world.
“The movie star is going to melt”
Man, we have been waiting for this movie for a long time. After WRATH OF MAN, knowing how Guy Ritchie likes to work, we thought this movie would have been out awhile ago. However, it was delayed due to a Ukraine depiction in the movie that conflicted with the real like Ukranian war going on. What is even crazier is he works so fast, with this delay, he already has another movie coming out in a month! Now though, we finally got to see OPERATION FORTUNE and man if it is not another fun filled Guy Ritchie adventure/heist movie.
No Guy Ritchie movie would be complete with out his all star cast of characters. Starting with his main man Statham playing a dude named ORSON FORTUNE, and now collaborators Hugh Grant and Josh Hartnett, and newcomer to his world Aubrey Plaza. They all fit seamlessly into the universe, and once we have our set up of using a superstar actor to infiltrate high society world, off we go. We get an awesome caper along with great humor, some really cool fight scenes, and a pulsating score (more on that in a second). To me this is the movies that we miss, a tight fun crime thriller that has no strings attached before or after the movie. Something you can just go out and enjoy.
As far as the technical aspects this feels very much like a Guy Ritchie movie. This is Alan Taylors 4th straight movie with Ritchie as his camera man, and its clear they have created a nice rapport and a unique style. We also get Christopher Benstead doing his 4th straight movie with Ritchie as the music man, Creating another pounding and exciting score for this movie. To me this is a clear sign Ritchie, like Spielberg, Hitchcock, Scorsese and others before is using his team and is very comfortable with them. This creates a sense of calm for me at least knowing all of that is in good hands and we can just enjoy the movie.
Stock Up – Aubrey Plaza
She is clearly having a moment. After her break out sitcom years ago on Parks and Rec, and now years of making indie moview with her husband, she is finally becoming a star. The White Lotus really blew her up, but her persona here is fantastic as well. She continues to be insanely likeable in everything she is in, and I cannot wait to see what she wants to do next.
Stock Up – Josh Hartnett
Lets continue to give Josh Hartnett work. He has been great in these last two Ritchie movies and I would love to see him parlay this into bigger roles.
*A couple other tidbits
- It is always great to see Cary Elwes, no one plays a suave guy better than him.
- I love this late career surge from Hugh Grant. He is making really fun choices and seems to be having a great time.
- Eddie Marsan is a great that guy.
Like I said, this is a type of movie that I would like to see more of in the theater. A movie that does not take itself too seriously, that will give a fun story with memorable characters, a bit of humor and you can leave saying that was a good flick. I had a good time at the cinema here.
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