Tonight I got to see an early screening of The Man From UNCLE and I’m glad I got to! The movie really does not disappoint and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I wish I could tell you if it lives up to the show or not, but I sadly have yet to watch the original series. But I can say that I found the film to be well-written and thought the casting choices were perfect. The contrast and chemistry between Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill’s characters (Illya and Napoleon) was perfect. Their rivalry was quite funny but I have to say I was looking forward to Cavill the most but ended up loving Hammer’s character more in the end. It had quite a bit of humor and I’m a sucker for films set in the past. (So if you’re like me and enjoy those elements in a spy film, this film is for you) As for the ladies of the film, I felt Debicki (who played the villain in the film, Victoria) was excellent but Vikander’s character (Gaby) fell a bit short for me. Her dance scene was fun and her chemistry with Illya worked but I wish there was more to her character. Hopefully there will be more to her in the sequel (as the end of the film hints to one). Especially that we now know who her character really is. If there is another thing to nitpick it would be the action sequences. They weren’t quite solid and I wish they were better executed. At points, the humor can be dry so it really depends on yourself if you can stand that kind of humor or not. At times the stoicness was appropriate but a few moments it would’ve actually been nice if they broke their uptightness and genuinely smiled. Overall, it’s an enjoyable spy film with plenty of humor (which definitely kept the audience laughing by the way) and great performances by Hammer and Cavill. I hope a sequel is coming!
IMDb: 7.7/10 (users)
Rotten Tomatoes: 67% (critics) 80% (users)
Critics Consensus: 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.
Metacritic: 54% (critics)