Based on the classic 1960’s television series of the same name, two spies working for opposing countries are forced to work together for a greater cause, much to their dismay. The American Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and the Russian Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are sent to stop the creation and sale of nuclear bombs, with the help of the creator’s own daughter Gaby (Alicia Vikander). A combination of action, comedy, a smidge of politics and a generous helping of the playful spirit that makes TV of the 60’s so enjoyable even today.
This is one of the few Cavill sightings you’ll get over the coming years that do not involve him wearing a particular suit, and I’m not talking about Armani. Mostly being occupied with the upcoming Superman and Justice League films, he won’t be cropping up in much else. While Hammer can be seen in 3 new films next year. The two of them do a great job of making spy films finally fun again, without turning it into a spoof that is. The constant one up man-ship that occurs throughout the entire film creates a fantastic dynamic between them and is the apparent reason why they begin to finally respect each other. Throw in the firecracker that is the character of Gaby and you’ve really got a fantastic team.
A team that’s up against the formidable beauty that is Victoria, played by the fairly unknown Elizabeth Debicki who can be recognised from her role as Jordan Baker in the last retelling of Great Gatsby. She is a most intriguing character but not one to be underestimated how far she will go to get what she wants. Debicki does a great job of being the tempting deadly seductress and I am personally looking forward to hopefully seeing her in more films in the future (next up for her is one of this month’s films to watch: Everest).
It would seem like because of the film’s jovial nature it has been slightly dismissed by some but for anyone that like me, is a fan of anything like the West/Ward Batman series this is something for you. It combines the action and comedy well, while not taking itself too seriously as the majority of spy films do these days. I mean really, would you see Bond at this point cracking jokes? No because if he did Daniel Craig or whoever the next incarnation will be, would be harassed to no end and that’s putting it politely, but there was once a time where Bond could be a little camp and it wouldn’t enrage anyone. I would by no means call this the film of the year or anything close but it is a reboot that respects the original and I respect that. Man From U.N.C.L.E is entertaining, with a sharp wit while still being a little silly which is a rare combination in a world overflowing with serious films (and who doesn’t love a bit of 60’s fashion, I mean look how well Mad Men did).