Hi everyone:P It’s movie review time!
So today’s discussion/review is The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It’s directed by Guy Ritchie, who directed both Sherlock Holmes movies (that starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law). This movie stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki. Hugh Grant does come in later in the movie, but the plot doesn’t cover him much so I’m not talking about him.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E is set in the 60s, when a nuclear bomb is being built and the Russian Intelligence and CIA work together to stop a global catastrophe. It’s a very standard storyline, and little to no surprise in the plot. I had a few surprises, but that’s because I’m not so well versed with the Cold War. The characters are fun to meet.
|Napoleon Solo, A.K.A Superman, A.K.A Henry Smoking Cavill|
|Illya Kuryakin, A.K.A Prince Alcott, A.K.A Winklevoss Twins, A.K,A Armie Abbs Hammer|
|Gaby Teller, A.K.A the A.I. in Ex-Machina, A.K.A Alicia Vikander|
Armie’s chemistry with Alicia Vikander’s character, Gaby, is another interesting point. But first, watch the trailer.
This was the only thing I watched before getting into the cinema. I, and my mom, expected a romance between Solo and Teller (Cavill and Vikander). I was pleasantly surprised by Teller and Kuryakin’s romance/tension instead. It was beautifully played out by the two actors, and endlessly enjoyable. ( SPOILER: There’s the whole ‘almost-kiss’ thing between them, where they would well, almost kiss, and then something happens that breaks the moment.)
The cinematography is excellent, very much in the sleek and humour-filled style of both Sherlock films, but with a 60s twist. (SPOILER: The scene where the two agents talk about high fashion….:DDDDDD)
All in all, a good movie for beginner moviegoers with little to no experience with 60s spy movies. It’s somewhat enjoyable for more experienced moviegoers, but the plotline is definitely simple. However, it’s the scenes between each plotpoint that are worth watching it. Can’t say much about Elizabeth Debicki, since this is the first film I have seen her in, only that she played a servicable, if powerful and scheming, villainess.