So this past weekend I got really bored. Like, “I need to do something new or go out and buy something or I’m going to go insane” bored. That’s a hard thing to deal with when you’re a perpetually cash-short graduate student like myself, but thankfully there’s a wonderful invention called Redbox that lets you rent DVDs very cheap. So I decided to go out on a limb and check out The Man From U.N.C.L.E, a film released last year and adapted from the television series of the same name. I’d never seen the series, but the previews looked interesting enough (I simply ran out of time and money to go see it in the theater).
My first thought when the credits began to roll was: “Well that was…different.”
The Man From U.N.C.L.E is almost a great movie, it’s literally millimeters away from being one of those awesome quirky films you pop in when you need a good laugh coupled with a lot of drama. And to be fair, Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is terrific in her role as Gaby, in fact she’s quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses. Armie Hammer is alright as Soviet spy Ilya Kuryakin (though the Russian accent doesn’t quite fit him), and Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo? Well….he might just be the problem.
He’s got the look of the suave spy nailed, that’s for sure. He also acts the part…decently…(the scene with him calmly grabbing a bite to eat while Ilya flees the guards in a boat is amusing). But when he opens his mouth and talks…something is off with the character. Maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention, but it seemed to me that at times Cavill was simply going through the motions.
The music is pretty good, I hadn’t heard of Daniel Pemberton previously, but he did some good work here.
In conclusion, The Man From U.N.C.L.E provided a good evening of entertainment, but I don’t think I’ll be adding it to my personal collection any time soon.
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