I saw The Man From U.N.C.L.E. on the weekend and it was so much fun. Very Guy Richie (particularly the soundtrack) and a lush 60s recreation. Also – and importantly for a fan of the original series – pretty close in having tongue firmly in cheek the whole way. Though it is in no way trying to be a movie of the show… many a thing is different.
In case you’re wondering, I’m not old enough to have seen the original when the TV series was at its height. I just seem to have managed to watch all those old Cold War inspired spy shows at some point in my career as a couch potato! (I do almost miss the Cold War.)
And, I have to admit that the young David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin was my first TV crush… it may or may not have partly been the “russian” accent.
So, I’d been a bit disappointed by the reviews. Mostly they described it as “light on story” which is hilarious when you consider the average 007 plot… But anyway, I wanted to see it and the result was that I left the cinema pleasantly surprised by most of it, chuckling at all of it and willing to forgive it some pacing issues.