Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

August 24, 2015

man-from-uncle-united-network-command-for-law-enforcementLast month, Pedro wrote a piece about the then upcoming film “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.  If you missed the post, you can check it out here.

Set during the cold war, the movie is a throwback to the days of espionage: of James Bond, Tinker Taylor…, of nuclear war, of the Berlin Wall.

Never really seeing the original show the film is based off of, I went on a YouTube search and came across this…

From what it looks like, the show took elements of the classic Bond films and added some humor.  I can see where the directors and writers from Agent Carter took their designs from.  To be honest, I couldn’t shake off the thought that Henry Cavill reminded me of the lead character and the namesake of the show, Archer.

…square jawed, huge ego, not as developed as he thinks he is.

I don’t know if this was purposely done, but there’s definitely more than just a mild resemblance.

As for the film, it was a fun ride, with Henry Cavill’s character and Army Hammer’s continually trying to one up each other, however Army’s short temper always seems slightly canned and Henry’s playboy-ish character wasn’t as believable as I would have expected, however both men still played great eye candy.

Alicia Vikander (Gaby), who played one of the two leading ladies in this film had some of the funnier scenes, and the costuming for everyone, including the ladies, was stellar.

As much as I enjoyed the action sequences in the film, some of them dragged a little longer than necessary, and the film could have used a bit less tit for tat between Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Hammer), just to keep the story line moving.

Another big bonus was the movie soundtrack, in particular, the score, by Daniel Pemberton, which was impressive enough for me to download it from iTunes after leaving the theater, and the locations were gorgeous, which is what you’d expect for in a movie like this.

I’d say, if you get a chance to see “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, got for it, but don’t rush.  Catching it on Netflix will be just as entertaining.