Movie Date Tuesdays – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

So what can I say? This movie! This movie! Was really really good. This was a diamond in the rough.

Unfortunately my wife had to work the later half of the day and since we had to skip the last couple Tuesday movie dates, we decided to see a late showing. After a few minutes of indecisiveness we settled on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I can remember seeing a couple previews for this movie during previous tuesday movie dates and my initial opinion was so-so as I thought it might just being trying cash in on the spy/special agent genre that movies such as Bourne and 007 caught.

This fear was temporarily deepened as I realized the first major action scene of the movie was the highlight of the trailer. Experience has taught me that usually when a trailer has to highlight such a scene that the remaining action is decently dry. To my surprise the complete opposite was true, for once it turned out that there was so much more content then they could fit in a trailer.

In a pretty unique teaming up, we have our KGB spy, an American CIA spy, and a wacky chick with a personality that tops the humor these two bring to the screen. In one scene the movie was having two manly spies in a clothing store arguing over women’s fashion and having a decent knowledge of said subject. I personally found this scene hilarious, I know this might not be true for all but was good. I really don’t want to give too much of this movie away as it was that good.

I was also amused on several occasions when the two spies were competing for whose government had the best tech. In one scene, Solo (CIA) using a signal tracker found a dozen or so bugs planted in his belongings, when he confronted Kuryakin (KGB), he was handed well a dozen or so bugs in returned that he had planted. There was a consistent attempt to be the better agent and I think it added a nice level of humor.

The movie ending was also quite delightful as our agents were able to set aside their differences just long enough to complete the mission. I did not feel like this movie was trying to hard and I felt like the clichés were at a minimum.

So what else can I say, the dialog was clear, the action was believable unlike so many other recent spy flicks, the jokes were steady and I feel they were only delivered when needed. For once I was smiling and giggling the whole way thru and I swear on bob my uncle that this was a good movie. It’s actually kind of sad that so many original movies lately are getting a bad rap, I feel that Tomorrowland was a decent movie but sadly it came out and was never heard from again. A sequel to fast and furious comes out and does well. In a way I kind of feel like this was like a live action spy-vs-spy adaptation and then some. In closing, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone reading this.