Mini-Review Monday: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. PosterRelease: August 14, 2015

Story: Laid back, womanizer, professional thief turned CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and stiff, serious and by the book KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) must put their differences aside as they are tasked by their governments to join forces in order to stop a secret criminal organization from building a nuclear bomb. To build the weapon it has captured the father of one of our heroes, young German mechanic Gabby Teller (played by Alicia Vikander). Her father was an alleged Nazi scientist who joined the Allies near the end of the Second World War. In the way of our heroes is Gabby’s uncle Rudy (Sylvester Groth), who’s obsessed with torture, and a smart and sexy but also sociopathic Nazi sympathizer, Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki), and her husband Alexander (Luca Calvani).

Thoughts: I have never seen even a single frame of the TV show this is based on. So I won’t be doing any comparing between it and this new film adaption. I will instead relate how I found this movie to be surprisingly fun. Solo treats the threats of the movie seriously but Cavill has his tongue planted firmly in cheek and isn’t above a wry comment or joke at the expense of the enemy or even his partners. Cavill is having fun is what I’m getting at. Hammer plays well opposite his co-star and provides more of the film’s pathos and does an admirable job. While I wish there was a bit more action in the film, the period setting, clothes, and tech is all fun and combines with the enjoyable characters and well-written plot (which isn’t afraid to get really dark when it’s appropriate) to form a good night out at the movies.

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