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YMMV / The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

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  • Broken Base:
    • Does the movie hold up as well as the TV series or were there too many changes to Napoleon and Illya's characterizations that ruin it?
    • Should it be considered a prequel or an Alternate Continuity to the original series? There's room to suggest both.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A man getting electrocuted to death while two men discuss what to do with him in the foreground should not be so comical, but when that man is both a sadistic torturer and a craven coward, well...
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  • Cult Classic: While the film has been unsuccessful at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics (almost bordering on Critical Dissonance), it has gained a very enthusiastic fanbase on the net, especially on places like tumblr. The Bromance between Solo and Illya, and the dawning romance between Illya and Gaby, have sparked a flood of Fan Fiction.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Vinciguerras.
    • Victoria is beautiful, soft-spoken and willing to play dirty to get what she wants.
    • Vinciguerra's husband is likewise good-looking, though less competent. Even Gaby seems to enjoy his attentions somewhat; too bad he's a Nazi (or Italian fascist in this case).
  • Foe Yay: Canon example with Solo and Victoria. They even sleep together.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: "Russians Love UNCLE". The badass, intelligent, deep and stereotype-defying character of Illya was praised in Russia.
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  • He Really Can Act: Those unimpressed with Henry Cavill's stoic, emotionless Superman were pleasantly surprised to see that he could pull off an aura of charisma and class as Napoleon Solo. Similarly, those who previously knew Armie Hammer for his Idiot Hero Butt-Monkey roles in The Lone Ranger and Mirror, Mirror tended to be quite impressed by his nuanced Genius Bruiser turn as Illya.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: The film comes complete with a top/bottom joke and Napoleon saying things like 'we act like this never happened'. The chemistry between the two male leads has been remarked on by many reviewers, and Armie Hammer himself has repeatedly commented that the two are 'in love'. The boat chase scene in particular is filled with this if you know Italian, since the background music is a love song.
  • Magnificent Bastard: You've got to give Waverly credit. He recruited Gaby two years before Solo's sent to extract her, when things went sour he manipulated the CIA and KGB to do the leg work for him, and he manages to recruit the two agents into UNCLE by the end.
  • One True Threesome: Solo, Illya and Gaby, natch.
  • Periphery Demographic: Though the film is well liked by fans of the Spy genre and action junkies, U.N.C.L.E. also has an enthusiastic female following, presumably for the Ho Yay between Solo and Illya.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Whether you like the film or not, both critics and audiences agree that the penultimate scene, the one with the car chase between the ATV, jeep, and the motorcycle, is the best in the film, with its use of changing camera angles and music that makes it seem straight out of a video game.
    • There's quite a bit of love for the scene where Napoleon takes a break from a high speed boat chase that Illya is caught in the middle of. While he fights for his life against his attackers, what does Solo do in the meantime? Sit back, have a sandwhich, drink some wine and listen to some tunes while enjoying the fireworks.
  • Trailer Joke Decay:
    • The "America teaming up with Russia. That doesn't sound very friendly." phrase by Gaby Teller is repeated in almost every trailer, taking the humor out of it.
    • She doesn't even say the whole phrase together in the movie! It's like the way Sherlock Holmes never said in the stories "Elementary, my dear Watson." Gaby says "America teaming up with Russia" during the scene to pick out her clothes for the mission. She says "That doesn't sound very friendly." much earlier, during her first scene with Solo, in fact. And she's referring to something completely different.
    • Similarly, Waverly's "for a special agent, you're not having a very special day" line got used in almost every promo.


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