Henry Cavill's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Trailer Is A Genre-Melding Action Flick That Puts A New Spin On An Old Tale — VIDEO
Ah, the buddy comedy. It never fails to amaze me how many different ways people can find to take the same old story and dress it up into something presumably different. So, yes, while The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer is really just a spy movie combined with your average buddy comedy, that's the only part of it that is in any way predictable or trite. In fact, from the second it starts to the second it ends, you never get the sense that you're just watching a spy movie buddy comedy — instead, you get the sense that you're watching Henry Cavill as Superman if Clark Kent was a super spy instead of a reporter in his downtime.
And it really is Cavill that shines here, much as Armie Hammer and his Russian accent try to keep up. He's got all the charm of a Bond, all the intelligence of a Sherlock, and all the leading man potential of, well, Superman. The trailer features him doing death-defying feats, impressing the ladies, saving the country, and doing it all with not a spot on his suit or a hair out of place. To me, the film already has blockbuster series potential, mainly because Cavill has chemistry with every single person that graces the screen next to him — even the ones who don't actually speak.
About the only downside I can see to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. based on the trailer alone is that there were, perhaps, far too many gratuitous shots of women as romantic interests or eye candy alone — including one shot of a woman who is naked except for a pair of underwear (and only shown from the back, of course) — but that doesn't mean that we should write this off as another hyper-masculine, anti-feminist film in the making. The female characters seem as integral to Cavill's mission as Hammer is, including a woman in the traditionally masculine role of car stunt-savvy chauffeur (which, from the trailer, appears to be far from her only role, thankfully).
Essentially, the trailer gave us a taste of a film adaptation of an old series that already looks like it's going to be beyond epic. But, hey, don't take my word for it. Check out the trailer below for Superman as you've never seen him before.