It was a lousy showing for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. — a lousy $13.4 million weekend haul, way behind the Straight Outta Compton rapper guys. Even Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation finished ahead of it.
I guess we aren’t going to get a sequel — which is just as well, because it would surely have been called The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
As for what I thought of this movie itself — well, it wasn’t awful. It certainly looked impressive, for sure. But don’t try to convince me that what I saw is The Man from U.N.C.L.E., because it isn’t.
For one thing, these two guys were going after a bunch of Nazi sympathizers, which is fine, except on the TV show they were after T.H.R.U.S.H. every week. I don’t think T.H.R.U.S.H. was mentioned even once in this movie! Was it? If it was, I sure missed it.
This is not the TV show, and that is the problem with movies about iconic TV shows — often times you can never live up to the iconic TV show no matter what you do. It reminds me of that Miami Vice movie from a decade ago — a decent enough movie on its own merits, but don’t try and convince Miami Vice TV fans that what they saw was Miami Vice. The TV show was far different, and better. End of statement.
The one time an iconic TV show turned out to be a successful movie franchise was Star Trek, but that was a situation where they brought in the whole cast from the TV show and put them in the movie! William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, the whole lot of them. Plus, the TV show had been a ratings flop anyway, so there was nowhere to go but up.
I guess Mission: Impossible is another one, but again, don’t try and tell the TV fans that this Tom Cruise ridiculousness is Mission: Impossible. It isn’t. But more people are going to see that flick than U.N.C.L.E.
Anyway, my point is it’s hard to top an iconic TV show. On that note, may I add that I have a few things to say about this proposed Baywatch movie — coming up in my next post.