The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Movie Review

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." features a stylish look and feel and a combination of unusual and great character dynamics that will leave audiences dizzy with wonderment all throughout its run time. While this may not be Guy Ritchie's greatest attempt, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." tethers to its pretty technical panache and stylistic uniqueness to make it a fun and solid film to watch.

CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside longstanding hostilities as the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of the Cold War through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology throughout the world. The duo’s only lead is Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization. They must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe from happening.

What strikes a chord with "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." is how beautiful the whole experience turns out to be. The movie features spectacular Italian vistas, detailed retro sequences and the flamboyance that a Guy Ritchie film usually has. The film is not only cool retro but it also features various styles of cinematography that will leave audiences dazed and amazed. The action sequences were up there although we did wish the film had more. The car chases in particular were majestically shot while the fights crisp and quick. Combined with the contrasting relationship of our leads, - Napoleon Solo being the suave, cool agent while Illya Kuryakin the all-too-serious, hot head - the film has its own unique feel that differentiates it from your typical spy film. While it features charismatic characters, we felt that the cast could have done more. The acting was not bad at all mind you but it also lacked a certain punch that could have accentuated the various relationships further. In the end, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." is a stylistic and fun film to experience. It features what good action films have while having great cinematography to woo you.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- great visuals and superb cinematography
- charismatic and contrasting characters made the film fun to watch

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the chemistry and acting was good enough but not great
- the overall plot could be cleaner



  1. I’ve never seen the Sam Rolfe series, but it probably helps separate the two mediums.