The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Good, Bad & Ugly Review


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66% (Critics) / 80% (Audience)
Directed By: Guy Ritchie
Written By: Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Jared Harris
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. – (Source)

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The Good:
This is a seriously good looking movie. From a very pretty cast to the spot on mod 1960s fashion to the slick visual stylings of director Guy Ritchie, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is one of the better looking movies of this year.
I also was pleasantly surprised by the casting. As a fan of the old THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. TV series, I had a bit of trepidation about just how well Henry Cavill would pull off playing the smoothly charming role of Napoleon Solo that would stand up to original Solo played by Robert Vaughn. I like Cavill but the guy comes off more often than not as being a bit charm deficient but he pulls off the role really well and actually has me seeing why he was once in contention to be James Bond. I was even more nervous about Armie Hammer because what I am used to with him is so different from what the character of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin is supposed to be but he did a great job and he, Cavill and Alicia Vikander (in a fun plucky performance) all had a nice easy chemistry with one another.

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The Bad:
The storyline was a bit of a convoluted mess (as most origin stories in movies seem to be these days) and as much as I wanted to like them, I was just thoroughly non-plussed by the villains in this movie even though Elizabeth Debicki had some potential but her ice queen villainous wasn’t given nearly enough to do to make a big impact.

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The Ugly:
The fact that more people haven’t gone to see this movie. It is really fun and deserves a bigger audience.

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Final Verdict: A fun, cool Spy vs Spy action movie that gives a lighter experience than what we have gotten from the Bond franchise lately. Add in some great stylish direction and charming performances from its leads and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. makes for a really enjoyable time at the multiplex.

Grade: B

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