I went into “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” expecting to be thrilled, entertained, and charmed by beautiful people chasing each other around the globe in a game of cat-and-mouse like the recent “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” -- except with bland male leads (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer). At least, that’s what I got from the trailer.
The majority of the trailer is what you get from the beginning of the film, which is a great start because the trailer is pretty damn good. The problem is the film slows down afterwards, and what follows isn’t as consistently thrilling, entertaining, or charming.
Guy Ritchie’s spy thriller is more talky than exciting. Although a writer’s film, the dialogue is only sporadically clever. And because of that, when the leads aren’t moving about to save the world but just talking, there’s a lull in the pacing.
Most of the lulls occur during hotel scenes that are, overall, not very funny. It’s different variations of the tired rough-sex-in-a-hotel-room variety. Hammer and Alicia Vikander, one of the couples, are just barely passable in the chemistry department, so I don’t quite buy their blossoming romance. Cavill and Elizabeth Debicki are better though.
As reluctant partners paired together to save the world from nuclear destruction, the chemistry between Cavill and Hammer is just ok. I think the problem is Hammer. His accent is the most distracting of the four leads.