Movie Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.



Producers: John Davis, Steve Clark Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie, Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant

Plot: Two cold war spies Napoleon Solo ( Henry Cavill ) and Illya Kuryakin ( Armie Hammer ) set aside their personal differences to work together to stop former Nazis from getting a nuclear bomb.

This was an amusing film although I think it would be best enjoyed by the fans of Guy Ritchie rather than those who actually watched the original television show. And since I have watched the show I am afraid that I am a little more critical than others may be. So on with the grousing. First Henry Cavill, as Napoleon Solo, has the suave factor that I remember from Robert Vaughn but the back story given in the film seems like it should be more for Alexander Mundy. ( It takes a thief )

Now Armie Hammer is better in his character of Illya Kuryakin than that last unfortunate film he was in ( The Lone Ranger ) however, once again they’ve changed the character from brooding troubled Russian who is an enigma. Rather this version has an intense rage that simmers just below the boiling point ready to blow at any moment.

This film doesn’t have graphic nudity, there are questionable scenes and scenes where sex is heard but not seen. Profanity is low, a lot of violence and action but as it is an action movie that is to be expected.

As I said this is an amusing film and if you like Guy Ritchie action-comedies then you will like this one also. I give this three stars out of five. It is available to rent or stream.

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