The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a spy, action comedy film based on the 60s television show. It’s about CIA agent Napoleon Solo (played by Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (played by Armie Hammer) reluctantly working together to save the world from a nuclear threat. The movie is directed by Guy Ritchie and co-written by Lionel Wigram and Ritchie.
The good; Cavill and Hammer are excellent here. You can tell that they’re having fun and at no point did I think that the accents they had were over done. Sure Cavill has an older American accent, but it works because this is a period piece. Cavill and Hammer have had some… not so favorable movies, but I hope that they can move past them and do great things. This film goes to show that Cavill has some charisma if it’s not directed out of him…
The fashion and locations are great. It really felt like we went back in time to the 60s, the care and detail put into the set dressing and wardrobe really paid off here. Love the suits, just love them. It was a nice treat to see smaller European cars used in the opening chase sequence, it was also very methodical and different from your average car chase.
The bad; the pacing was very uneven in this movie. As soon as the plot got under way things became muddled, and the usual Guy Ritchie flare was absent. The action sequences were reduced to montages, not sure if this was done to devote more time to the plot, but that was a great opportunity lost. There are comedic moments throughout the movie, yet they feel offbeat and not timed correctly. It’s such a shame to enjoy the two lead actors interacting onscreen only to feel a sense of meandering with the plot. U.N.C.L.E. didn’t even break into the number one position at the box office this weekend. Such a shame that a potentially great film gave away all the good parts (and the plot) in the trailer.
Just when you thought the world was saved, the movie kept going… and not in a good way.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. not having seen the original TV show, but it could’ve been a great movie. Cavill and Hammer are a great duo on screen and they embody their characters whole-heartedly, too bad the movie itself couldn’t keep pace with their performances. Definitely wait for this one on DVD or TV.