The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie used exposition to set up the plot where two no-name agents from the US and Russian band together to defeat somewhat Nazi allied villains who want to rule the world with the threat of atomic weapons.
Fans of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV show know the agents as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, but younger audiences attending this movie will have to wait a while to figure out the character’s names, especially when Napoleon Solo keeps calling Ilya, Pasha. At least that’s what I heard.
Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin had great chemistry. When I saw Jared Harris, I thought, hey, that’s the English guy from Mad Men!
One upsetting part of the movie for me was when they used a photo album to show the atrocities that the former Nazi doctor did to Jewish concentration camp victims. That part went on way too long. We get it. The doctor was a bad man.
After the movie was over, I tried to describe it as a less serious Mission Impossible, or Matt Damon Movie, but then narrowed in on calling it campy.
It lived in between being serious and humorous.
At the end, there was a set up to make more. Let’s see if audiences want it.
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