Film Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Guy Ritchie’s film reboot of 1960s television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is both stylish and entertaining. The film should satisfy those looking for some cinematic escapism.

In the midst of the early 1960s Cold War, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGM operative Illyan Kuryakinare tasked to work together on a mission. The pair must stop a criminal organisation from proliferating nuclear weapons…

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ticks the boxes in terms of a good spy action movie. Guy Ritchie reboots the television show keeping the 1960s setting whilst updating aspects to give the film a modern resonance. The film begins with a set up that functions well to introduce the main characters, as well as the period setting. Moreover, the action which precedes the main plot gives viewers a good taste of what is to come.

There is enough intrigue in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to keep the audience engaged throughout. There is a small lull after the opening gambit to allow for exposition, but pacing picks up following this. Action sequences are executed with vim, and are well placed throughout the film. The use of humour works well; The Man From U.N.C.L.E. may have come across as po-faced without this.

The relationship between the two previously opposing agents is a theme that develops throughout the film. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.‘s third main character is a young female mechanic tasked with helping the agents to infiltrate the organisation. From the outset, it is clear that Alicia Vikander’s Gaby is more than just a pretty face, putting her in contrast to some of the minor female characters filmed in a horribly dated voyeuristic fashion. The relationship between the trio however works very well.

Styling in the film is wonderful, with beautiful depictions of the 1960s. Costumes are fantastic, as is hair and make up. The whole film oozes this era, with the split screen and use of titles leaving viewers in no mistake of when The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is set. The film harks back to this era without being a parody.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is successful thanks to its tone and execution. Whilst it does not reinvent the wheel as an espionage-action thriller, the film is very enjoyable.

Stuff To Look At

A myriad of trailers this week, including Far From The Madding CrowdCinderellaAloha, and more…

Far From The Madding Crowd

Far From The Madding Crowd was one of the few books I remember reading at high school. How the names Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak take me back. This adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel comes with good pedigree; it is directed by Thomas Vinterberg and stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michael Sheen. Far From The Madding Crowd is released in UK cinemas on 1st May 2015.

Aloha

Cameron Crowe’s latest Aloha features a stellar cast, including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, and Rachel McAdams. Bradley Cooper stars as a military contractor who is given the opportunity to return to the site of his greatest triumphs in Hawaii. Aloha is scheduled for release in September 2015.

Cinderella

From the above trailer, it looks as if Cate Blanchett will really shine in Cinderella. As well as, of course, that magnificent-looking slipper. Kenneth Branagh’s update of the classic fairy tale, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, hits UK screens on 27th March 2015.

The Age of Adeline

The premise of The Age of Adeline hinges on an interesting aspect; its protagonist stops ageing at 29 years old. If only that could happen in real life, although granted, it would be a bit odd. Starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford, The Age of Adeline is released on 8th May 2015.

Mommy

Xavier Dolan’s latest offering is receiving a lot of critical praise. Mommy stars Anne Dorval as a widowed mother tasked with the full-time custody of her son, who has ADHD. Mommy is released in UK cinemas on 20th March 2015.

Trainwreck

Here is the first trailer for Trainwreck. Directed by Judd Apatow and written by and starring Amy Schumer, Trainwreck is about a young woman who doesn’t think monogamy is possible. The comedy will be released on UK screens on 28th August 2015.

Hot Pursuit

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are the unlikely double act in Anne Fletcher’s action comedy Hot Pursuit. Straight-laced cop Witherspoon is tasked with protecting Mafia witness Vergara. Hot Pursuit speeds into UK cinemas on 8th May 2015.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Here is the trailer for Guy Ritchie’s update on 1960s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Set against a Cold War backdrop, the film focuses on a CIA agent forced to team up with a KGB operative. Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is set for release on 14th August 2015.

Focus

Upcoming thriller Focus stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro. Veteran con man Nicky takes on novice Jess and teaches her the tricks of the trade. Focus hits UK screens on 27th February 2015.