The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based on the 60s TV show of the same name and it follows the story of an American secret agent, Solo (Henry Cavill) and a KGB operative, Illya (Armie Hammer). The former enemies are forced to work together to take down a chain of criminals in Rome who are working on a nuclear weapon, granting them a significant amount of power that will affect both Russia and the United States. They must put aside their differences to take these former Nazi's down, along with a little help from Gaby (Alicia Vikander), who'll work as an entry point into the organisation. It's just a whole lot of fun, really.
Guy Ritchie directs the film with class and style. It's eccentric, it's over the top and it's everything a film like this should be. Ritchie is fully aware of what sort of film it is and his knowledge pays off. He's got a distinct tone to his directing; a certain approach, if you will. Don't be fooled by its 2015 release date. This is a movie made in the 60s, or at least that was my thought process watching this movie. Ritchie is a man of great talent and this is one of his best yet. But has he really made too many bad movies? Exactly.
The dialogue between the two of them just bounces through the air, not a single line failing to work. It's a very well written screenplay. Exaggerated and familiar, perhaps, but it's just so refreshing to see something as fun as this. We don't get too many films like this anymore and while I'm certainly not asking for hundreds more, having the odd one here and there is sure to bring a smile to my face. Fun is seriously the best word I can use to describe this movie and that's because it is. It really is just two hours of fun and I implore you to go see it this upcoming weekend.
What I didn't expect for this film was for it to be as hilarious as it was. The film is absolutely hysterical, putting what could be considered dark situations, such as torture, in a lighter tone, resulting in a lot of belly laughs. There's a scene involving Hammer and Cavill in a boat chase that happens about halfway through the movie that's absolutely brilliant. While the whole film knows exactly what it is, this scene showcases that style the best. What starts out as a serious, possibly dangerous scenario soon turns into one of the funniest scenes in the entire movie.