When you combine Superman and The Lone Ranger into a single movie, I guess you can expect greatness. (Forget, for a second, that the Superman and Lone Ranger in question both starred in less-than-well-received entries into their respective pop culture canons. Okay, let’s move on.)
I honestly didn’t expect a whole lot out of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The trailers made it look like fun, summer-y, spy fun, but I didn’t know how it’d compare to other summer blockbusters, especially in a summer where there were two other espionage films (Spy and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) were both so well-made and generally awesome.
I can safely report that The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is just as good as those other movies — if not better! — and definitely worth your time. The trio of Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander all nail their roles. All three look like they’re genuinely enjoying being part of the movie, while also totally executing on every level.
Also, let’s talk about Vikander for a second. Between this movie and Ex Machina, I hope she’s cast in everything forever. She’s a great actress, she’s beautiful, and she can play both human AND android! What more could you ask for? Both U.N.C.L.E. and Ex Machina have wonderfully charming dance scenes; it’s Vikander who finally gets to bust a move in this movie. She and the scene are both adorable.
Go see this movie. It’s a fun spy movie for the summer, and also a well-made action/thriller flick. I’m not familiar with the TV series this is based on, so I can’t comment on how much justice it does to the source material. But on its own merits, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is worth your time.