When I sang the praises of the original The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV series the other day, I had very strong misgivings about the movie.
This afternoon I saw the big screen version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. While I still prefer the original, the movie is better than I expected.
Both Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer were good as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, respectively. I didn't quite like the backstory they gave Solo though. He was a black market war profiteer turned art thief. With that background, Solo reminded my roommate and I of Neil Caffrey on the USA Network TV series White Collar. That Cavill bears a remarkable resemblance to Matt Bomer (the actor who played Caffrey) was not lost on either of us. Nevertheless, Cavill and Hammer had good chemistry with each other and Hugh Grant was his usual charming self as Alexander Waverly albeit with limited screen time.