Here was a chance for Guy Ritchie to prove once and all he truly is one of the best and creative directors out there. But he fails to do this yet again.
I know about the old show. Never actually watched a full show but it did introduce me to Robert Vaughn and David McCallum who are actors I like very much. But both of them have something Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer don't have. CHARM. They simply aren't that interesting let alone to compel you. Take Hugh Grant for example. He was barely in this movie but yet made a much greater impact because he is genuinely a comedic talent and can do a lot with very little. Plus the guy oozes charm. I did think there were some scenes that were brilliant and funny because of the main characters and their interactions. But how long did Ritchie wanted those moments to last? Because most of them took place in the introduction halfway through. After that all of the humour is gone. With it any kind of tension and even worse no action. Imagine an average done to death plot with nothing action and spectacle wise to compensate. Luckily for Ritchie there are some other redeeming factors. One is Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki. Especially Elizabeth made an impression. She looked like she actually was from the sixties. And to me it seemed like she was the only one knowing how she should play and that she had to mix the seriousness up with some fun.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. started out so slick and stylish only to end up in a tale and characters nobody cares about. Apart from a scene or two this film was devoid of any heart and creativity. Most important of all it's no fun people. You will get bored out of your mind after the first hours has passed. Avoid!