Another week and another tv series adapted for the big screen. This time it’s 60’s American show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But should some things be left in the past?
In 1963, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative IllyaKuryakin (Armie Hamer) are forced to work with each other on a mission that takes them to Rome. With mysterious asset Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) the pair try to trap a pair of Nazi sympathises, find Gaby’s scientist father and save the world. But that’s easier said than done.
I can’t say I was particularly excited when I first heard about this reboot. Or by the trailers that proceeded it. However when I did get round to seeing the film I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t a complete dud. Ok there’s nothing overly original about it but it also has its own easygoing charm about it and director Guy Ritchie injects the film with fun and style.
The leads Cavill and Hamer are good as the adversaries turned reluctant partners. Cavill has fun as CIA agent Solo, perhaps an insight into how his Bond would have been if he had beat Daniel Craig to the role. While even better is Hamer as the angry, serious KBG operative Illya. The two have fun in their sparring and fight scenes together as they try to outdo each other. Vikander is also enjoyable as Gaby and has great chemistry with Hamer.
Ok so it’s still isn’t as good as summer’s other 60’s spy show turned movie franchise Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and I’m sure James Bond won’t have anything to worry about when Spectre is released later this year. The film also starts to drag a bit towards the end. However it is definitely better than I thought it was going to be so I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
Rating 3.5/5 – the charasmatic stars helps makes this spy movie stand out from the crowd