116 Min. | Action – Adventure – Comedy | August 2015
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Director: Guy Ritchie
Staring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is flopping at the box office, and that’s a terrible thing on several levels. First, the movie itself is great fun. Second, it deserves a sequel. Third, Hollywood would do well to make more films of this ilk. “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is solid because it not only checks off the “witty repartee” and “stylish” boxes, it goes the extra mile in recreating the vibe of the 1960’s era, most of the time. Oftentimes, period pieces go as far as procuring nice costumes and sets, but the actors and actresses themselves don’t sound or look right. People talked and looked differently back then. Henry Cavill actually adopts a tone and speech pattern straight out of a 60’s television show, rather than deliver his lines in an out-of-place 21st century fashion.
Contrast this with Alicia Vikander. In The Man from U.N.C.L.E., her character is likable, fun, and real, but when she opens her mouth it’s sometimes distracting, she doesn’t nail the verbal side of things like Cavill and Armie Hammer (whose accent is great). Her character is supposed to be German, but she literally slips in and out of an accent from scene to scene, and sometimes breaks the immersion by sounding like an actress in 2015 playing a role. Thankfully, it’s not a train wreck, but it’s noticeable. Moving to another nice touch, the score is beyond fantastic. There are three main focuses, really, Italian pop music of the decade, a modern flair to older sounds, and, best of all, some stuff straight out of Danger Man (a.k.a. Secret Agent), the classic Patrick McGoohan spy show.
Armie Hammer is Illya Kuryakin, a devoted KGB agent, assigned to stop Solo. Hammer is mesmeric in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. The chemistry between the two is first class, and both work well with the adorable Alicia Vikander. The rest of the cast is superb. The stunts fantastic and clever, the score stunning and the humour is laugh out loud funny at times. For pete’s sake, see this movie. It deserves a better fate then that which awaits it on the box office returns spreadsheet. It avoids some action/spy movie cliches, it’s funny, well-written, well-acted, and it looks and sounds the part. And there’s harpsichord in the soundtrack. Overall, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is fantastic.