Thursday, 22 October 2015
Man from U.N.C.L.E. film review
Went to see this film on Tuesday at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon with my friend Aj.
IMDB says: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
In this Guy Ritchie (Snatch., Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) directed (he also wrote the screenplay with Lionel Wigram: Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, Jeff Kleeman: The Judge, The Change-Up, David Campbell Wilson: Supernova, The Perfect Weapon, and Sam Rolfe: Have Gun - Will Travel, The Naked Spur) film, Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Tudors) plays Napoleon Solo, the CIA agent tasked to work with Russian KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer: The Social Network, The Lone Ranger), to protect Gaby (Alicia Vikander: Testament of Youth, Ex Machina) in order to get to her father, Udo (Christian Berkel: Inglourious Basterds, Downfall), who is deep within the mysterious criminal organisation.
Illya's boss Oleg (Misha Kuznetsov: 25th Hour, Officer Down) tells him he must work with the CIA, including Waverly (Hug Grant: Notting Hill, Four Weddings and A Funeral), in order to stop the criminal organization using the nuclear weapons and Solo is ordered by his boss Sanders (Jared Harris: Lincoln, Natural Born Killers) to work with Illya. Solo arranges an undercover engagement between Gaby and Illya in order to meet with her Uncle Rudi (Sylvester Groth: The Reader, Inglourious Basterds) who seems to have ties to their marks, Alexander (Luca Calvani: When in Rome, The International) and Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki: The Great Gatsby, Everest), who they know to be in the organisation.
I really enjoyed the feel of this film, the 60s clothes, behaviour and even the excellent soundtrack, but especially the nods to the TV version that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Hammer and Cavill performed most of their own stunts and did very well with their accents (British Cavill American, American Hammer Russian and Swede Vikander German). I thought the pairing of Cavill and Hammer worked well and their hate/like relationship worked far better than Hammer/Depp in Lone Ranger.
Trivia: George Clooney was originally cast as Solo, but dropped out due to health problems, Cavill actually performed the tablecloth trick in the film having learned it from British variety star Mat Ricardo, in the Napolean truck scene when he goes through radio stations, one plays the theme music from the original TV series and the Rome racetrack in the movie was actually filmed at Goodwood in England.
Don't miss the brief cameo from David Beckham as the projectionist in the film.
Tagline: Saving the world never goes out of style. 6.5/10
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