The Man From U.NC.L.E

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has open to mildly positive reviews (enough style to overcome its lack of substance).  We agree in in summary but have a different problem with it.  The styles and vehicles (the Jag XKE) from the 1960s are lovingly displayed.  We were OK with the plot.  There were enough surprises to keep us interested.  The problem was Illya Kuryakin.  In the TV show, David McCallum (yes Ducky from NCIS) was the definition of cool for a whole generation.  In the movie Armie Hammer is fairly close to psychotic with his finger twitching need to beat people senseless.  Guy Ritchie seems to have confused Ivan Drago for Illya.    Actually, all three main characters have been changed with Gaby Teller being a substantial improvement on April Dancer (The Girl From U.N.C.L.E) and Napoleon Solo being a criminal working for the CIA to avoid jail.

Still Alicia Vikander as Gaby is fun and well dressed as the new and better Girl From U.N.C.L.E., Hugh Grant is a great choice for Alexander Waverly, and the bad guys and gals are great example of the the era.  It took time but we accepted the movie as homage to the era rather than the shows.  We are ready to go to the next installment.

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