I’ve never seen the TV series from back in the day, but I can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E.! The review is spoiler-free, but I can’t promise the same about the comments!
Length: 116 minutes
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant, Luca Calvani, Jared Harris, …
Director: Guy Ritchie
So, the movie is placed in the year 1963 and is about an American agent, Solo, and a Russian agent, Illya, who have to work together to protect a German mechanic who’s father is on the brink of developing a nuclear bomb. Sounds confusing, but isn’t really if you watch it. Loyalties will be tested and there may be some unforeseen twists (although they are not completely surprising if you watch closely).
I should probably start by saying that I like Guy Ritchie‘s movies. His style, although it may be a bit too much at times (I am looking at you shaky-camera-scenes!), is just so fitting for the setting and cool to watch. It includes a lot of split-screens, genius angles and shots seen through mirrors, perfect costumes and a very fun soundtrack. Nonetheless, I went in to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with fairly low expectations, being pleasantly surprised within the first couple of minutes of the movie.
At the beginning my friend and I were the only ones laughing, but we honestly didn’t care – to us the movie was hilarious. Then after a while, and I don’t know if it was because of our loud giggles or really just because of the movie, the rest of the audience joined in and by the end everyone was laughing together. I seriously did not expect the movie to be so hilarious, but the main trio consisting of Cavill, Hammer and Vikander is just too good. Those three really made the movie what it was and I would be more than happy to see them working together in several sequels (which this movie definitely set up) or a continuation of the story in TV format (although that is more than just unlikely and not planned whatsoever – just my dream …). It is no secret that I am a huge Alicia Vikander fan and love her in everything she does from Ex_Machina to Testament of Youth, but seeing her in a more playful and lighter role made me love her even more. Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill really did a great job with their accents and were genius as a duo (but I still like them better with Vikander in the mix as well)!
If there was one thing I had to complain about, it’s the German in the movie. There were a couple of actors who were actually German (like Gaby’s father and uncle) and they were of course fine, but Cavill butchered the language and Vikander was difficult to understand as well. Also, Vikander did not have a German accent when she was speaking English, I don’t know what kind of accent it was, but definitely not German. But that is beside the point. Even if they had no idea what they were saying, couldn’t they at least have had a vocal coach teach them how to pronounce it? I guess I am being too demanding here, but it would have been even cooler (but maybe less funny) if they did it the right way.
Fazit: If you want to watch something fun and entertaining, yet still action-packed, I’d recommend it!!!