Rebooting old TV series isn’t a new concept in Hollywood and now, they’ve set their sights on refreshing The Man From U.N.C.L.E for the big screen. The 60s espionage caper zeroed in on the escapades of two secret agents – Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin and their many adventures and it’s an element that resonates into its big screen reboot at the hands of Guy Ritchie.
The Story The Man From U.N.C.L.E sees two arch nemesis spies, Solo (Henry Cavill) and Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) forced to put their differences aside at the behest of their respective governments. Put on a case involving a nuclear threat, the CIA and KGB agent combine their forces along with the help of Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) to stop the diabolical threat from happening. The only problem is, can the duo and their third wheel work together to make their mission a successful one.
What Worked The stylish nature of the film and Ritchie’s amazing camera work. This combined with the film’s slick dialogue and delivery from its main actors results in a spy caper that not only oozes with style and sophistication but also loaded with good humour and laughs.
What Didn’t Two heroes that are forced to work together. Haven’t we seen that before? The buddy cop formula is all too easy to follow and that’s the route this film takes. The plot, despite being straightforward, doesn’t have much weight going for it and results in being the film’s most significant downfall.
Plus Points Ritchie’s signature storytelling and camera work. Tongue in cheek humour and witty dialogue and oh-so stylish threads and sets.
Conclusion As far as spy capers goes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E works. It’s got the elements of humour, action and great dialogue. To his credit, Ritchie does manage to put together a very decent retro chic espionage action comedy and he gets the most out his main stars too. Overall, an entertaining romp that’s worth a visit to the cinema.