Benjamin Maio Mackay
Man From U.N.C.L.E. - 2.5 Stars
This ill-fated film (it’s been in production since 1993, with 19 different actors considered for lead) doesn’t live up to the hype, has some mediocre laughs and ends up being a spy film parody.
I have no idea what this film intended to be when it was first discussed in 1993, but what it isn’t is a film adaptation of the TV series. It seems like a parody of the TV series, which is bound to annoy fans of the iconic series. In fact I honestly don’t think it needed the name, I think it may hold back its success.
The greatest cast member of this film is Hugh Grant, Hugh has perfect comic timing and sends up every spy boss ever created. Henry Cavill’s Napoleon Solo is an interesting character and while Cavill is good at the action scenes, sometimes the humour falls flat. His rapport with Armie Hammer however is strong and their shared scenes are the funniest in the film. Alicia Vikander played the female lead and her performance was strong, but the writing for her character was not.
Overall this is filled with bad-jokes, some of which you laugh at. It’s a parody of a classic series, with mixed performances. It’s certainly not the worst movie you could see in cinemas now, but it’s not the best either.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment