Film Review: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” By Blade Brown
Plot: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
Guy Ritchie is a hit or miss director. While Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels & Snatch remain cult classics, he’s also responsible for dull movies like Revolver and Swept Away (starring his ex-wife, and horrible actress Madonna). His most successful movies have been the Robert Downey Jr featured Sherlock Holmes and it’s sequel. Coming hot off the heels of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the wildly entertaining Kingsman, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is the latest film to take a stab at the spy genre.
One thing for sure, the cast has an undeniable chemistry. Cavill and Hammer are fun to watch and their characters butt heads at almost every turn. Its funny seeing Cavill, who is clearly the bigger of the two men getting tossed around like a rag doll. Although Hammer’s character is often referred to as a giant, the actual size difference between the two isn’t much in height, and Cavill does play Superman, so that should say enough in regards to muscles. But when you factor in that Tom Cruise initially had the role of Solo, the size difference that’s alluded to in the film makes a lot more sense.
Alicia Vikander continues her solid year with another strong performance, following her acclaimed turn in the fantastic “Ex Machina”. Jared Harris (TV’s Mad Men) plays Solo’s handler and Hugh Grant has a small but important role. The movie is fast paced and very stylish. Which makes up for its lack of action. Those expecting Kingsman or Mission Impossible type of action will be let down. But those looking for an entertaining spy movie, a throwback to the espionage movies of the 60’s and 70’s will be fulfilled in every way.
The Bottom Line
While it’s not his best movie, this is easily Guy Ritchie’s best movie in a long time. I hope this movie finds an audience and a sequel can be greenlit. Because it’s a fun ride from start to finish.
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