Fair warning: I’ve never seen a complete episode of the ’60s television show that inspired the movie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I’ve seen clips, but I could never generate the interest to watch the show on my own. What this means is that I had no expectations going into this film except to watch the Man of Steel duke it out with the Lone Ranger.
Spoilers. Lots of super suave spoilers ahead.
I liked this movie. It had action, it had romance, and it oozed chemistry all over the place. Someone on the interwebs said this is the year of spy movies with Kingsman, Rogue Nation, and the upcoming Spectre movies dominating the box office. I doubt The Man from U.N.C.L.E. will be a box office smash. You could count the number of people in the theater with me and a friend on two hands, but those people were laughing and laughing loudly.
If I had to compare this film to another, I would say it falls somewhere in between Austin Powers and James Bond. It didn’t delve quite so deeply into the camp of Austin Powers, but it didn’t have the somber tone of the more recent James Bond films either. The cutesy dance/seduction scenes between Illya and Gaby contrasted well with Illya’s anger management issues. Same could be said for Napoleon when he entertained Victoria. Those two chewed the scenery so well together. Too bad Hugh Grant as Waverly didn’t have more screen time. He was wasted as the trio’s new boss.
The action played well, with really nice twists and turns. The ending scene had just the right amount of tension to keep you guessing if Illya and Napoleon would really kill each other or not.
I hope this movie does well enough for a sequel. I’d like to see more.