Main Plot Points:
- Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series.
- Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.
- The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
What We Thought:
- I totally dug The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It has style and is a great throwback/homage to old spy films.
- I’m obviously not old enough to have seen the TV show when it originally aired, but I remember watching re-runs of it later on. The film really captured the feel of that show, but with its own vibe.
- Even if you have no idea what TV show I’m referring to, if you like old spy films, you should like this. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have a great back & forth and play off each other quite well.
- I really only know Cavill from the awful Man of Steel movie so it’s good seeing him in something I enjoyed. He’s been in other films, but nothing where he stands out to me. He really nails the accent and has a deadpan/dry sense of humor that really works.
- Hammer on the other hand I’m a fan of. Yes The Lone Ranger wasn’t very good, but ever since The Social Network I’ve enjoyed his work. He does an accent in this as well, but at times it floats around a bit. But he’s great as the big Russian who’s acts first, think second. He has some great scenes with Cavill and their co-star Alicia Vikander.
- Speaking of Vikander, she’s quickly becoming a favorite. She was brilliant in Ex-Machina and she’s very good in this. She’s equal parts damsel in distress and Bond girl. She holds her own opposite Superman and The Lone Ranger and has a great twist to her.
- Director Guy Ritchie was clearly a fan of the show and/or old spy films. He captures the essence perfectly providing just enough campiness with action and adventure. I enjoy old spy films and really got into this film.
- I don’t know how The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is going to do. Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films did well, but they had Robert Downey Jr. in them. I’m assuming the target audience for this film has never heard of the TV show so I don’t expect it to be big. It’s a shame because I really liked it. It’s fun, doesn’t take itself too seriously, has fun costumes, cool soundtrack and actors who seem to be enjoying themselves. I’d definitely see it again and probably own it on DVD.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Henry Cavill
- Armie Hammer
- Alicia Vikander
- Director Guy Ritchie
Recommended if You Like:
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E TV show
- 1960’s Spy Films
- Fun Throwbacks