In the 1960s, the spy flick was a trope that was pretty common during this particular decade. Most notably, the James Bond film series, and look how popular that franchise is. However, on television, the spy genre lent itself to many heart-pounding adventures. One series that used the spy genre well on television, and the subject for our review is “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, a show that pitted American and Russian spies during the Cold War. The movie adaptation is a mediocre spy flick, at best. While the movie isn’t bad, it’s also not good; somewhere in-between. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is a formulaic spy movie that does offer some action, but heavy on the technical babble.
The story has two spies: one American, and one Russian trying to stop a nuclear warhead from launching. These two spies are Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) from America, and Illya Kuryakin (Arnie Hammer) from Russia. Together, along with a beautiful woman named Gabby (Alicia Vikander), the two must work together if peace is going to settle down between these two nations.
On the surface, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” looks promising enough to be a good spy movie set during the 1960s. The movie looks good, as the costumes and setting fit the time period very well. There is a sense of mystery, making the viewer want to know more about what is going to happen. The cast do a good job in their specific roles, and the chemistry between Cavill and Hammer is pretty decent. Guy Ritchie, who directed the movie, also does a good job at setting balance between action segments, and talking. Finally, the music is a great combination of popular tunes from the time period, as well as recreating the spy soundtrack from the film’s orchestral score.
However, that’s not to say the film has problems. For one thing, the story is easy to follow, and it can get predictable at certain points in the movie. Next, for a spy flick, there’s very little action happening on the screen, making the viewer wanting more. This is mostly attributed to the fact that there is a lot of talking going, which can be a little distracting from what we are expecting. The camera does a nice job with handing the action, almost making the movie feel like a comic book, but this kind of deters away from the main plot, and it feels a little confusing. Finally, the pacing in this movie is extremely slow; at almost two hours, one wishes for the movie to be over with sooner.
In conclusion‚ while “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” isn’t necessarily bad per se, it comes off being a little disappointing when compared with other spy movies that are out there. The TV series of the same name would be more entertaining than this movie.