“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” stars Henry Cavill as CIA agent Napoleon Solo, who must team up with Russian KGB agent Illya Kuryakin, in order to stop a mysterious organization from selling and distributing nuclear weapons. The film takes place in the 1960’s, 15 years after World War II, and is set during the height of the Cold War. There is political unrest between the United Sates and Russia and the political anxiety has never been more extreme. Along with both Napoleon and Illya, a German mechanic named Gaby is helping the two men find her father who is an ex-German physicist building a nuclear bomb. The trio must stop the bad guys at all cost, and they must travel the world infiltrating these top secret organizations.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E” is a sleek, stylish spy-film injected with the steroids of the old James Bond films. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer were great in their respectable roles and they had great on-screen chemistry. Alicia Vikander who played the German mechanic Gabby was terrific. The trio worked well together and provided some great comic relief from time to time. The set design was spot on. The 60’s cars, the clothing and hairstyles helped create that post-war time period. The cinematography had a very faded and old glamour-like look evoking a sense that you are actually watching an old Bond film or something from the 1960’s time period. Of course this isn’t a Guy Ritchie film without the fast flare action which he delivers magnificently. There are some great montage moments that are put together flawlessly that at times look cheesy but give you a sense that this is an old school spy flick.
Guy Ritchie revived Sherlock Holmes a few years back and here he has successfully revived that old 60’s television spy show. He pays homage to the show while also giving it a more modern flare with carefully constructed action pieces and comedy. The comedy is what really made this movie shine. It was natural and had a lot of laughs. This film never really takes itself too seriously and I think that is why this film was so much fun. It really worked well.
There are some minor flaws with the film, but I can’t really complain too much about them because of the fact that this was not a dark and serious spy-thriller like say James Bond or the “Bourne” franchise. Here we have a somewhat silly, sleek and modern spin on the spy classic that makes you remember what it was like to live in the old days. If only men could still rock out expensive suits and drink scotch while necking the cheek of a beautiful woman. Oh how I wish I could be a spy. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is faced paced, fun, silly and action packed. I think people will have a lot of fun with this film if they don’t take it too seriously. I think Guy Ritchie has done an amazing job here and I am already yearning for a sequel. I highly recommend this film if you are looking for a fun piece of entertainment. Go out and see this movie! Tell you friends about it! “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” will not disappoint and it certainly does what it sets out to do and that is entertain the hell out of its audience. Go out and enjoy it and let me know what you think.