I raced down to my local movie theatre, to catch the 11:30 (and first) screening of the new Guy Ritchie spy movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guy Ritchie is brilliant, I couldn’t think of anything better than locking myself away in a room with a record player and his record collection, the amount of hidden gems in said collection would be insurmountable. Ritchie’s eye for greatness has delivered again.
Henry Cavill plays the role of protagonist Napoleon Solo in the early 1960’s era, who is forced to work with specialist KGB agent Illya Kuryakin, portryed by Armie Hammer. A mix of wit, action, beautiful women, fast cars, expensive suits, charm and comedy have allowed for a very entertaining situation whereby the two agents are given the task of preventing the production of nuclear weapons.
The rapport between Cavill and Hammer, whose characters differ greatly, both in their backgrounds and present lifestyles, are constantly put into scenarios where their opinions are put head to head in a very engaging screenplay.
Accompanied by a series of engaging car chases and actions scenes, and a soundtrack that compliments each scene appropriately, or with a funny twist in some cases, allows for a very ammusing 116 minutes. Although the storyline is not overly intricate, Richie always saves the best for last by throwing in a plot twist, and one that isn’t seen coming. The film has huge potential for a sequel, if not an eventual franchise, and I for one look forward to seeing more of Kuryakin and Solo’s witty adventures.