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The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015) | Movie Review

Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander

Before the return of Henry Cavill as Superman next year, we first get to see him as a 60’s American Spy in this adaptation of the 1960’s TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It also Armie Hammer who plays a Russian spy set to find and kill the American spy, but eventually they end up as partners.

What I love most about the movie is how good it looks. It nails the 1960’s vibe, yet it still manages to feel sleek and modern. Unfortunately, all this style can’t make up for the lack of substance. The plot is stretched out thinly, and the way they told the story was a bit overcomplicated. But it’s still pretty fun to watch. There are a lot of funny dialogues and banter, and the direction and cinematography are solid.

Henry Cavill‘s stiff and heavy American accent is kind of distracting, as opposed to Armie Hammer‘s perfectly controlled Russian accent, but acting-wise, they were both great. Alicia Vikander is both fierce and captivating at the same time, and she sets the balance between the two male leads.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E is fun, stylish, a bit clever, and really witty, although it doesn’t really go beyond that. It’s still pretty entertaining for what it offers, but it’s definitely no Kingsman in terms of entertainment value. I’ll still be waiting for a sequel, though.

My Rating: 8/10

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