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Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant
Guy Ritchie is back in the director’s seat with the big screen adaptation of the classic 1960s show. I must admit to having never seen an episode of Man from U.N.C.L.E but do know that Robert Vaughn was cast in the leading role (Robert Vaughn was also in Hustle, one of my favourite shows and a show that needs to have a movie spinoff). Guy Ritchie has a catalogue of quality movies in which he has directed including, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, Snatch and, of course, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. That’s an impressive line-up right there. It’s only natural to think that this will only follow suit.
Set in the 1960s and at the height of the Cold War, smooth talking CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and the no nonsense KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) are to put hostilities aside to prevent a mysterious criminal organisation from using nuclear weapons and technology in order to upset the vulnerable power balance between the Soviet Union and the United States. The duo’s only lead thus far is the daughter of a missing German scientist who is key in preventing a potential global catastrophe.
Last week, if you recall, I reviewed ‘Fantastic Four’ (for those who’ve read, comment or shared my post, I thank you all very much for that) and it’s crystal clear that I consider it to be the worst film of the year/ever. This is the complete opposite. This is a major contender for film of the year! How things can change within a week, right? It’s got the traditional Guy Ritchie approach with its action, comedy, grittiness and everything else that made Guy’s previous films successful. Cavill is pretty well known for his involvement in Superman and a whole host of upcoming DC films involving the man of steel. I’ll go on record to say that this is one of his better roles, and given time, his signature role. He’s a solid, reliable actor who oozes screen presences and his charisma shines throughout.
Watching this film is evident that Henry Cavill should be next in line to play James Bond. He has the potential to be the greatest Bond of all time should he be given the chance. What do you guys think about that? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Both he and Hammer have great chemistry together, Alicia Vikander provides the sex appeal (also read about her in my Ex-Machina review) and Elizabeth Debicki is almost Bond villain-ish in her approach. The only disappointment I have is that Hugh Grant has very little to show here. I think he’s an amazing actor, just wished that he had more to offer here, but still, it’s a refreshing change seeing him in a role other than his usual ‘bumbling Englishman’ typecast.
I’d never seen the TV series so I can’t say how well it follows the source material *COUGH* fifteenyearoldreedrichards*COUGH*but I loved it for all it’s worth.
Man from U.N.C.L.E isn’t all about loud action scenes, it focus more on the characters and selected scenarios in Europe.
A legit contender for film of the year, it be a crime if this doesn’t get a sequel.
Rating: ***** (Top of the pops)