The Man From U.N.C.L.E. captures all of the charm, stylistic flare, and laughs missing from Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Henry Cavill distinguishes himself as not only the “Man of Steel,” but also a strong lead actor. Alongside Armie Hammer, the duo’s chemistry propels the film into comedic genius that harkens back to old-timey spy thrillers. While the plot of the film remains largely uninteresting compared to the shenanigans that ensue, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. manages to maintain its liveliness and vitality from start to finish.
The film centers around Napoleon Solo (Cavill), a CIA agent that has risen to become their most “prolific” member. He wears all the same style and charm that you would expect from James Bond, while packing the intelligence and expertise shown in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible films. In a mission to retrieve Gaby (Alicia Vikander) goes awry, he comes face-to-face with Russian KGB agent Illya (Armie Hammer). The two, ironically, end up being partnered up by their respective governments for a mission to infiltrate an organization with ties to former Nazis.
All three are seemingly disparate characters that are forced to work together for the good of their countries. Their differing methodologies proves to be good fodder for the film, as Solo and Illya often find themselves in competition with one another. Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill’s constant bickering and heated exchanges highlight some of the film’s comedic moments, not to mention its obnoxiously funny score. And I totally mean that in the best way possible.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a tough film to review because it is so full of personality and spunk, you just need to experience it for yourself. While its style remains at the forefront of the audience’s mind, many will be underwhelmed by its plot. And, as can be expected by most films nowadays, the ending leaves the possibility of a sequel open. So, we could potentially be seeing these three team up again, and I’m on board for that!
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