The thing you'll notice right away is how amazing how they got the 60's background and mod fashion right. It looked fantastic, and I wonder how director Guy Ritchie made this in our world of modern architectures, fashions, and cars. While I would have liked The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to be a little more realistic and gritty (like the Mission: Impossible series), Ritchie decided to make the tone of the film to be just a silly, fun ride of a movie. The result is that I never felt our heroes (Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin) were ever in danger... even when things looked dire.
The other problem I had with the film is the fact that we have a British Henry Cavill playing a dapper American, an American Armie Hammer playing a Russian, a Swedish Alicia Vikander playing a German, an Australian Elizabeth Debicki playing an Italian.... it felt like it was all wrong. The hardest thing for me to believe were the fake Russian and German accents. If you can look past this (or not care that everyone spoke English in the film), you won't have a problem with the movie.
What I really love about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is its soundtrack. Daniel Pemberton handled the orchestral soundtrack, which sometime sounded like he was paying homage to legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone, particularly when our heroes ended up in Italy. In addition, they also used a few 60's Italian pop/love songs like Luigi Tenco's "Il Mio Regno" and Peppino Gagliardi's "Che Vuole Questa Musica Stasera", which is rarely heard in an American film.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is just a really fun, summer popcorn film. At the end of it, it did feel like a two hour pilot to a television show... which, of course, it was based on the NBC 60's show. It does beg the question: will we see a sequel or perhaps a less expensive tv series?
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opens this Friday, August 14th.