It's pretty amazing that in 2015, three Cold War-era spy franchises that started in the 1960s would still be going strong.
As you likely know, James Bond has had continued success since "Dr. No" came out in 1962, and "Mission: Impossible" found new life in the form of a film series that began in 1996.
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." is the latest of these '60s spy series to be resurrected in Tinseltown.
But "U.N.C.L.E." isn't just a retread of "Mission: Impossible" or 007. Sure, there are some similarities, but that's unavoidable.
Guy Ritchie's latest movie keeps its own vibe. For one, it all takes place during the 1960s. It gives everything a cool retro vibe.
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." acts as kind of a prequel to the classic TV show that shows why CIA agent Napoleon Solo, KGB agent Illya Kuryakin and MI5 agent Alexander Waverly begin working together in the organization that becomes U.N.C.L.E.
Other than the great atmosphere this movie creates with its props, costumes, sets and soundtrack and score, its biggest positive is its cast. Henry Cavill (Solo) and Armie Hammer (Kuryakin) have great chemistry. Cavill plays a suave James Bond type, while Hammer casts his character as a mentally-unstable brute. Seeing the interactions between these two was my favorite part of this flick that helps add a lot of comedy to the proceedings.
Hugh Grant also shines in his small part as Waverly.
Also to be praised are the fun, well-choreographed action sequences. There are a couple really nice car chases and one of the most entertaining sequences with a motor boat ever conceived.
Warner Brothers is clearly hoping for a franchise starter with this movie, and I would love to see that happen. I'd be very excited to see where our main characters go after this movie.
I will warn you, though. As with all of Ritchie's films, they're a bit quirky. But in this odd period piece he's crafted, it all works very well.
I will definitely be watching this movie again.
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." is rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content and partial nudity.
It is currently playing at the Elite Cinema III located inside the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex. Showtimes are 11:35 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.