The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a new experience for me. I was a complete newb to the whole series. My desire to watch the film was born only from my love for vintage remakes and Guy Richie. I had stumbled upon the trailer by accident and became obsessed with seeing the film. In the trailer, Jared Harris said “Nazis” in the 60’s vernacular. That sentence alone sold me on the whole film because if attention was given to the word “Naatzees,” the rest of the film will be perfect.
The film lived up to all of my expectations. All of the Guy Richie films (that I have seen) are perfect. Each film successfully creates a world that is specific to each film but identifiable as a Guy Richie production.
Each scene contains props and costuming that are extremely time period specific yet tangibly cool. Richie has an incredible ability to combine period films with modern influences (mostly via music). These modern influences create a cool vibe that elevates the film from a simple period film to a modern adaptation of a historical time.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in many ways, is a screwball comedy. There are many moments of situational comedy throughout the film, however, there are moments that feel more at home in a Three Stooges film. During a scene when a boat chase is occurring, one of the characters watches from the sideline, then drives a truck on to one of the enemy boats. This comedy is tempered by an incredible brooding coolness that remains despite ridiculous situations.
Finally, Armie Hammer’s Illya Kuryakin shines as the stand out performance in the film. At first, he is just brooding and doesn’t say much. However, from the moment Gaby makes him dance, Hammer becomes the lone star of the film. Everything about his performance is flawless. His reactions are perfection, like him. See photo below for reference.
Swoon over. This movie was absolutely perfect and is one of the few that I am planning to watch more than once.