• ScreeningNotes

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The one scene that contains the essence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. comes toward the end, when Kuryakin gets all mad because his handler back in Russia tells him he has to kill his buddy Solo, but then Solo enters and gives him back his daddy's watch and they smile knowingly at each other. The whole movie is like an endless series of flirtations between Cavill, Hammer, and Vikander communicated through silly witticisms and stylized action.

    Interestingly, the third act…

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  • ScreeningNotes

    ★★★★

    "How's that for entertainment?"

    The Man from UNCLE is a homoerotic melodrama.

    Wait, no, let me start over.

    I'm weird about this type of movie. I'm not just talking about "style over substance" movies—although that's also true. There's little I despise more than the false dichotomy of style and substance, as style is inherently substantive and merely requires interpretation as any other element of a film does. UNCLE is all glitz and glamor, but that's exactly who these characters are.…

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