The Man From U.N.C.L.E: What Did You Think?

Successful renaissance or should the 60s property have been left buried?

It's kind of sad, but the summer movie season is nearly over. In a few weeks it'll be back to a steady diet of mid-range comedies and prestige picks, with only the odd sliver of bombast to satiate our collective thirsts. That means you should really get out to the theatre this weekend and soak up one of summer's final spectacles, Guy Ritchie's reboot of the 60s TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Set in the height of cold war fever, The Man From U.N.C.L.E sees Henry Cavill's CIA operative and Armie Hammer's KGB man team-up to prevent some former-Nazis getting their hands on a nuclear warhead. It's pretty traditional, but given the stylish 60s production design and boppy soundtrack that's probably what Ritchie was gunning for. I didn't love the film; I found the characterisation and chemistry of the leads wanting and whilst the style was certainly detailed, the constant harking back and attempt to conjur an aura of retro-cool translated rather forcefully. Still, the earnest and inoffensive combination of nice clothes, glossy photography, beautiful women and an unending stream of spy-banter never completely leaves one cold. It's also far from the worst thing Ritchie's unleashed upon us. So what did you think? Were Cavill and Hammer good value? Do the film's visuals irk or seduce? And if you're a fan of the TV series, did this film do the source justice? Let us know below!

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