Cary, NC — The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an update of the popular 60’s television show where an American spy is forced to team up with a Russian spy against a criminal organization dealing with nuclear weapons. The result is a somewhat low-key but very entertaining action/comedy with two great leads – Henry Cavil (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network).
Confident & Fun
Director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) brings a calm yet confident style to the proceedings. The film is low-key, but please don’t mistake that for a knock against it. On the contrary, the film is very focused, with a dry sense of humor peppered all the way.
There isn’t exactly an urgency to the stakes (even though nuclear weapons are being dealt with). It’s just that Ritchie and company are more worried about giving us funny and likable characters to hang out with for a few hours.
Cavil & Hammer – A Great Duo
The two leads, Cavil and Hammer, are a great, mismatched duo. Cavil, best known as our latest iteration of Superman, has some great comedic timing.
The film itself has a great 60’s pop feel to it, and Cavil slips right into the period. His partner, Hammer, also does a lot of great comedic work here. The pair bounce off each other at a rapid pace. Hammer’s Russian accent is a bit distracting at times, but it doesn’t hurt the film.
The action on display is well put together by Ritchie. There is one sequence in particular where multiple visual gags are taking place in the background that is an absolute hoot.
Special mention should be made of Alicia Vikander, a female Cavil is assigned to protect that may or may not have an agenda of her own. She nails the 60’s attitude as well, proving to be a great compliment to Cavil and Hammer’s unlikely partnership.
I’m actually a little surprised how well this movie played for me, considering it comes so soon after Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.
That film proved to be one of the best action films of the summer, and I would have figured a similar spy yarn would have a tough time comparatively. But, it turns out the films really complement each other. Rogue Nation is a slam bang action flick, while U.N.C.L.E. is a nice throwback to yesterdays’ spy genre. It’s definitely worth a trip to the theater.