The Man from U.N.C.L.E
So far I am loving the month of August movie releases! We’re going into the second week of this month and I have yet to be disappointed…although it is only the second week. Too soon to be optimistic? This week I give you The Man From U.N.C.L.E a very impressive spy film based on the American television series which aired from 1964-1968.
It’s the late sixties when handsome CIA agent Napoleon Solo played by Henry Cavill (Stardust, Man of Steel, Blood Creek) finds himself in Russia looking for a young mechanic Gaby Teller played by Alicia Vikander (Seventh Son, Pure, Ex Machina) in hopes of getting information for her father’s whereabouts. Not much interrogation gets done before aggressively unstable KGB agent Illya Kuryakin; Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, Mirror Mirror, The Social Network) interrupts with his mission to make sure that Gaby does not leave the country with Napolean. I’m going to take a quick break here to inform you that if you’ve seen the trailer for this film then you’ve pretty much seen this whole scene already. Almost all of it is in the trailer and I hate when Hollywood does this because even though it should’ve be an impressive scene it’s not and it’s only because you’ve already seen it and you’re expecting it.
Anyway long story short it’s not a good first meeting for the three of them. And it only gets worse when Napoleon and Illya meet again to be informed that they need to work together to bring down a secret criminal organization that is working on creating nuclear weapons. Gaby’s father is suspected of being kidnapped and forced to help create these weapons and they believe she is the key to tracking down his kidnapper and the beautiful mastermind behind this evil organization Victoria play by Elizabeth Debicki (Macbeth, The Great Gatsby *2013, A Few Best Men). American’s and Russians are not on the best of terms at this point in time, so the two operatives are of course unhappy with the new partnership and as you’ll see poor Gaby just scowls her way through the whole ordeal. It’s off to Rome with Gaby and Illya undercover as an engaged couple out to visit her Uncle Rudi, who may or may not know about Gaby’s father and the backgrounds of Victoria’s plans and Napoleon is undercover as…I forget. But who cares he looked real good infiltrating a mysterious organization looking for mass nuclear weapons of destruction and there’s just no way to argue with that! That man is gorgeous!
Hate me if you want for this, but I will take this over a Bond film any day. Well maybe…I haven’t seen the old Bond films in a long time. With any secret agent film, we always get a solo cool guy with some crazy mission or we’ll get a duo; two opposites who don’t get along ,that are forced to work together on a crazy mission . This is the route we almost had with Napoleon and Illya always bumping heads but then Gabby is thrown into the mix changing that duo into a trio and it’s new and it works. Really well! At first she seems like just a tag along character with only a small purpose, but she turns out to be way more useful than we initially thought! As a matter of fact she’s so full of surprises she actually comes with a twist towards the end. Which if you really think about it I’m sure you can figure it out on your own and if you can’t figure it out don’t try to wiki it and find out (you know who you are!) go see the film! Please! There is a decent balance of action and comedy in the film, two really come into mind which is Gaby drunk dancing and trying to get Illya to dance with her and Napoleon and Illya’s attempt at breaking into a supposed factory for the nuclear weapons but I wont go into detail with that because I don’t want to spoil anything. Just know I had a lot of fun with this.
One thing I did not like was towards the end during a final chase and fight between Victoria’s husband Alexander; Luca Calvani (Men Vs. Women, When in Rome, The International) Napoleon and Illya. I didn’t know who was fighting who, someone swings a punch, someone overpowers the other guy, someone is unconscious, someone is stabbed I couldn’t tell what was happening to who the camera work kept jumping from one person to the other and it’s raining and everyone’s covered in mud so I couldn’t really follow along and the whole thing was just confusing. In my opinion, it could have been done better, but that’s my only take away from the film.
As of now Rotten Tomatoes has this action spy film at a 67% fresh. It’s been jumping around that radar since it’s release date so it may change very soon. Hopefully to a better score because it deserves it.
Rated PG-13 for action, violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity.
The film does not play coy on if we’re getting a sequel or not. We’re getting a sequel. And I’m excited for it! A fantastic, fun end of the summer film that will keep you engaged the whole way through. I haven’t felt the urge to buy a movie in a loooong long time, but I can’t wait to get my hands on this film to have and to hold and to watch again and again. I wanna say so much more about this, but I just need you to understand that this was a great movie! Did I get that point across okay? I think I did right?