The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Set in the 1960s, American CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Russian KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are an unlikely pair that must team up together in order to find a nuclear weapon somewhere in Europe. Due to the fact that her father is the man last known working on the bomb, Gaby (Alicia Vikander) is added to the team so she can talk her uncle into giving up her father’s location, but Gaby’s uncle isn’t a dumb man. He is a German, and along with several others, wants the nuke to remain safe.
Directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is no exception to his signature style. The characters are charming, the sets are rustic and the comedy is subtle. This is a British action/comedy that will remind you of several Bond films and another 2015 movie, Kingsmen. I think due to the greatness that is Samuel L. Jackson, Kingsmen is a better movie than The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but this movie still delivers in a similar feel.
The 3 leads have nice chemistry together and I think Henry Cavill is great playing the smug and suave special agent. Armie Hammer has a nice accent but I think he gets overshadowed by Cavill’s Bond-like character. In a way, you might say this movie is silly and doesn’t take itself seriously (just like Kingsmen did) but when the time comes, the action and thrills deliver in spades. I think it is pretty safe to say that if you like James Bond or Kingsmen, or any British action/comedy for that matter, you will like The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The only negative thing I have to say about this movie is the story. Like many of Guy Ritchie’s films, it might take two views to fully understand who everyone is and what their roles are. He never dumbs down stories for audiences and if you don’t fully grasp the concept right away, you might be lost. Don’t worry, however, because this won’t take away from your enjoyment of the movie. It just means that you might not like it as much as others. I think with time, this movie will age quite well, just don’t expect Mission Impossible levels.
At the end of the day, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. surprised me quite a bit with how funny, entertaining and action packed it is. Sure the story might detract some (as many Guy Ritchie films do) but enjoy the ride, and you might just want to watch it again for a better experience. Co-starring Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Sylvester Groth, and Luca Calvani.
8/10 Stars – Should age with views, this Kingsmen/Bond familiar outing from Guy Ritchie should entertain and charm fans of British action.