‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’: One Really Fun 60s Spy Game


Seeing all of the “big” blockbusters in theaters doesn’t usually happen for me. It’s ironic then, that the end-of-summer blockbuster-hopeful I did go to see sadly, bombed at the box office. But, this past Saturday, I went out, excited to see the re-make of The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015) 99% of the film exceeded my anticipation. Expectations for this might have wished to gather the female audience and I don’t know that it did. Instead it probably piqued the interest of fans who watched the original show. But, I also think the masses might have a preconceived notion of the film that isn’t true.

‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’: One Really Fun 60s Spy Game. A review of the remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) w Henry Cavill. © Rissi JC

Though it does perhaps run a smidgeon overlong, the story never gets tangled up in too many of the “details” or become boring. Instead, the action and smarts (great dialogue) do play nice, and balance everything, without either one overpowering the other. If you like spy thrillers or the cast (like moi *wink*), then this might be an entertaining little spy thriller to indulge in.

This review resides on Silver Petticoat, so if you wish to know more specifics, you can find my thoughts in full over there. Enjoy! the man from u.n.c.l.e (2015)

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015): Smart and Stylish

‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’: One Really Fun 60s Spy Game. A review of the remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015) with Henry Cavill. Text © Rissi JC

Breathing new life into stories that originated in the age of classic television has become a familiar sight at the box office. We’ve seen Get Smart try its unique brand of slapstick humor, and the amped up sexy remake of the 70s favorite Charlie’s Angels collected a squeal. On the small screen, failures to reboot Charlie’s Angels (ABC) are more the norm than the rare success of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. The latest to add its name to these lists is the cold-war spy caper The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Reports tell a story of disappointing numbers for the smart and stylish piece of escapism. Unfortunately, the film might not have gathered its intended audience. Read the review in full →

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Have you seen The Man from U.N.C.L.E ? What’d you think?

Content: There are two sensual scenes. One involves female back and side nudity before it cuts away, the second is played more for “laughs.” Someone listens to a sexual encounter from another room [panting, moaning, etc.]; Solo is portrayed as a womanizer, and sleeps with two different women in the film [the aforementioned scenes]. There is a bit of profanity, but nothing awful [mostly the standard, h*ll, d*mn, etc.]. Bad guys die, one of who winds up being electrocuted to death. There’s nothing too graphic. The film is PG13.

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    1. This is exactly what this one is all about, Brittaney. Well said. I'm so glad you and your sister enjoyed – and thanks so much for visiting. :)

  1. I've been so excited to see this one for the cast alone, plus I didn't even know that Hugh Grant made an appearance and how fun is that! It's been ages since I saw him in a movie. I've been worried about content. Any warnings in that regard?

    1. This IS most definitely worth seeing for the cast, Tressa. It's amazing as regards that. And as a spy "thriller," this one is classier than those currently playing today, simply because it's not all about the flashiness of the "toys."

      Thanks for the reminder. I should add a "warning" about the content here (I forgot because I reviewed it on Silver Petticoat, and they only go there if it's graphic). There isn't any profanity that I can recall, but there are a few (potentially) questionable sensual scenes. One involves a woman getting up from bed naked (we see her side/backside); another scene is played more for "laughs" as someone listens to a sexual encounter from another room. Solo is a womanizer, so that is the main reason for said scenes. Also, there's some violence including (non-graphic) deaths of bad guys, and one man is electrocuted to death (he's not a good dude). Nothing is awful in comparison to most PG13 films. Anyway, hope this helps somewhat. :)

    2. I'm glad! And I'd love to know what you think if/when you see this one, Tressa.

      (Off topic, but I *just* remembered your read-a-thon coming up. Best get my act together if I'm going to join in. ;D)

  2. Such a well-written review, Rissi! I remember watching reruns of the show as a kid –mind blown moment was when I realized Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard from "NCIS" was Illya Kurayakin (both portrayed by David McCallum). =P I'm excited to watch this film because they're actually playing it straight –still set in the 1960s and not updating it like they normally do (e.g. Charlie's Angels, Hawaii 5-0). I'm a sucker for that era (especially the clothes) … ;-) Content looks to be within what I'll tolerate for PG-13 –hopefully I can check it out soon! =)

    1. You'll likely enjoy this then! Of course, it's "updated" in terms of the cool effects, but overall, I felt like this stuck to the "classic" spy thriller genre. I hope you'll enjoy this one… especially if you liked the original.

      Ducky (NCIS) is amazing. I've not seen him in the role, but I should someday, just because. :D

      Let me know what you think if you happen to see this.

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