The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits the right notes in so many places. It is a comedy/action film whose plot flows from the serious business of the Cold War and whose humor comes in the right measures at the right time; it doesn’t overwhelm the story. The tension between Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) seems genuine and is never fully abated. Gaby Teller (Alicia Vilkander) rides the line between utterly competent driver/mechanic and innocent young woman perfectly. While kept to a fairly small role, Elizabeth Debicki’s evil fascists bad-guy is silky smooth and as cold as she is beautiful. (Ms. Debicki’s plays a starkly different role in a brilliant short film, Gödel Incomplete, about which more here.) So the casting is dead on and melds well within the storyline. Other standouts are Hugh Grant as Waverley and Jared Harris as Sanders with a huge nod to Sylvester Groth as Uncle Rudi. Some complain that it does not have a great plot. It may be a well-trodden plot but for a Cold War movie, it plays out the dangers of the time well. In terms of the look of the film, the costuming, the set of the time period, and the interactions amongst the characters are all fabulous. Despite all of this goodness, it nears but doesn’t quite seem to reach the level of say Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation but certainly far surpasses something like Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Daniel Pemberton‘s soundtrack is sublime. It meshes 60’s music from all over the world to Mr. Pemberton’s perfect background to the movie. The sounds are reminiscent of those times while providing a contemporary take. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Robert Flack better than on “Compared To What.”
For the full review: http://ppcorn.com/us/man-u-n-c-l-e-film-review/
Here’s the trailer from Comic-Con