Bill C’s Review – 2.5 out of 5
The new The Man From U.N.C.L.E. film is a prequel to the the 1960’s TV show. This was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid. I thought the film was OK, but there are tons of this type of movie (Mission: Impossible, for example) that are better.
I was hoping that the nostalgia factor would overcome any shortcomings, but while they used the same title, characters , etc., the movie came up short in this area. My memory of this TV show from my childhood is probably faulty—I’m actually recording a couple of episodes to see what it was really like. As a prequel that tells the story of how Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakan came to be a team working for Mr. Waverly, the movie had none of the friendly banter I remember from the show. Worse, Kuryaken was nothing like he was on the TV show. I remember him as a really smart person who was not physically intimidating, but in the movie he can rip trunk doors off of cars. While the movie version of Napoleon Solo was similar to the TV show character, Henry Cavill is no Robert Vaughn.
The film’s action scenes, humor, and plot were fine, but again nothing special. I’d like all who were fans of the show to check this movie out to see if they agree. Otherwise, you can probably skip this one.