Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E: Monday, August 17 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a fun movie. It's called an American-British action comedy spy film, and is all of that. The humour is British, and amusing. Directed, and largely written, by Guy Ritchie, the film has all the action expected. Chases, fights, a bit of torture, interesting locales: all the expected ingredients are there. 

What makes this film so appealing is the chemistry between the main characters. Henry Cavill plays Napoleon Solo, a C.I.A. agent, and Armie Hammer plays Illya Kuryakin, a KGB operative. The two are attractive in different ways: Solo is the womanizer, Kuryakin is the strong, silent type. They play off each other well, and their relationship is intriguing. Add Alicia Vikander, and the mix is even more interesting. She is gorgeous, and a modern woman. As we suspect, she is not what she at first seems. 

The femme fatale, Victoria, is played by Elizabeth Debicki. Her performance is a delight to watch. Hugh Grant is almost unrecognizable as Waverly, a senior M16 operative. The other members of the cast are convincing.

I really enjoyed this movie, and was delighted that it ended setting up the sequel. I will certainly be in the audience for the next adventure in Istanbul. 

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