Cert: 12A Runtime: 116 mins Director: Guy Ritchie Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris and Hugh Grant
This is NOT the Russian way
Guy Ritchie has come back into cinema with The Man From U.N.C.L.E, we haven’t seen a picture from him since 2011. The first trailer for the film caught my eye and it came across like a lot of fun. Cinema is full of hard action, super heroes and serious dramas. But what ever happened to the fun movies? I was secretly hoping U.N.C.L.E would be it. My grandfather was a fan of the show back in the day but I never really watched it. If a good man like my grandfather gave it a thumbs up I’m sure I will like it. So what is The Man from U.N.C.L.E about? CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and his KGB counterpart Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) find they must put aside their differences. Their common enemy is a sinister, shadowy criminal organisation with far-reaching tentacles.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E was a lot of fun Guy Ritchie has made an interesting espionage film. It provides a lot of comic relief and it’s a great homage to the spy films of the 60’s. It’s such a colourful film very vivid and bright, it captures the aesthetics of the period. The opening sequence in Berlin gives the tempo of the whole film and from the get go it sustains itself. It’s utterly charming and witty but the sense of action remains distinctive, the Guy Ritchie effect oozes throughout the movie. As for characters, I thought they were all great. Henry Cavill is very charismatic and fun to watch being the cocky American spy. Armie Hammer caught me off guard a little at first with his accent, but it grew on me and became enjoyable. Alicia Vikander, who I, like many, first took notice of in Ex Machina, was fantastic and should continue to be seeing great roles offered to her. The chemistry was great between the three and really propelled the movie going forward.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E is no masterpiece but still enjoyable. The curse of the 2015 villains continue Elizabeth Debicki was dull. She had money, she was glamorous and she was meh meh meh. The other issue is that the film is a bit long for what it is but it isn’t that dull these sections. The finale was a bit underwhelming too I was expecting a gigantic battle but it was a car chase. Bar that if you want some fun go watch The Man From U.N.C.L.E! I do hope Warner Brothers and Guy Ritchie make a sequel it does have a lot of potential as a trilogy I’d imagine. It’s by far one of the better releases of the summer so far.