I’ve mentioned here a few times before what a big procrastinator I am. I sometimes download a movie and it takes me months to actually get to it, and I’m always adding new stuff to my watch list. I wanted to see “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in theaters when it came out, but none of my friends were that interested and I ended up forgetting about it. Then, in the beginning of March I downloaded it and finally got around to watching it this weekend. Though it isn’t a remarkable movie, it is an entertaining one and I figured I’d share my quick impressions about it with you.
“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” tells the story of Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), a CIA agent, and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), a KGB operative, who unexpectedly have to work together in a mission to defeat an organization that wants to engineer nuclear weapons. They have the help of Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) in order to complete the mission.
Remember last week when I talked about how much I dislike Henry Cavill? Though my feelings about him remain the same after watching this movie, I do have to admit that he does a better job here than in other things I’ve seen him doing (I’m looking at you, “Batman v Superman”). Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer, on the other hand, are two actors that I enjoy a lot, and both of them play really fun parts here.
The characters are the main reason why I liked this movie. The three of them are engaging and funny, and the mix between Solo’s funny persona and Illya’s tough one created a very interesting dynamic. Gaby was also a really cool character to follow, and her relationship with Illya, though not overly romantic, also created some fun moments.
The visuals of this movie were also interesting. Though not as cool as “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, for example, the movie managed to compose some nice shots (such as the one where Illya and Solo are talking while someone catches on fire behind them). The opening and closing credits are something that I always enjoy seeing in these types of movies, and this one didn’t disappoint, the graphics were really on point with the tone of the movie.
I have to give special props for the set and costume design here. Every single set used in the movie was visually appealing, and the character’s outfits managed to bring in that 60s feel without being too in-your-face about it. Gaby’s clothes, especially, were one of the high points for me. The soundtrack also mixed really well with the narrative, and added to the tension without being overly serious.
While by itself the plot isn’t anything special in my opinion, when combined with the visual aspects of the movie, it managed to create a fun and entertaining story for audiences. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend giving “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” a shot.
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