ON THE BIG SCREEN: Henry Cavill in a scene from the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
ON THE BIG SCREEN: Henry Cavill in a scene from the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Daniel Smith

Exciting revamp is full of laughs

THIS week in aspiring movie franchises, Guy Ritchie directs and co-pens this adaptation of the 1964 television series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

In the spy thriller, set in the depths of the Cold War, CIA agent Napoleon Solo must team up with KGB agent, Illya Kuryakin, to infiltrate a gang of international, fascist terrorists they believe have the means to create a nuclear warhead.

It's easy to see the success of the original series with the whole world living with the fear of imminent destruction brought on by the feuding superpowers, however the same feelings don't translate today, leading U.N.C.L.E. to feel more in touch with a 90s James Bond film than its 1960s counterpart.

The over-the-top, almost cartoonish plotting means it could never live up to the standards of a truly great thriller, but fortunately, there are very few flaws with the movie that can't be argued away with, "yeah but it was so much fun".

It's impossible to not get swept away by the film's incredibly beautiful stars, in incredibly beautiful settings, going on exciting and consistently hilarious adventures.

Guy Ritchie's amazing talent for visual language and stylised action creates a colourful world that never for a second feels real but is always entertaining.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is an unremarkable script executed with all of the humour, fun and excitement of… well of a Guy Ritchie movie.

Quick Facts:

  • Release date: August 13, 2015
  • Genre: Action
  • Running time: 116 mins
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki.
  • Showing at:
  • Limelight, Riverlink
  • Birch Carroll and Coyle, Ipswich
  • Reading Cinemas, Redbank
  • Star rating: 3/5

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