It’s taken me a while to get round to this one and that’s for no other reason than finding the time. Guy Ritchie is again on top form following his two outings with the always enjoyable Sherlock Holmes “franchise”. Mr Ritchie has a distinctive style with regards to the films he creates and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is no exception.
Set in the early 1960’s, TMfU (I can’t be bothered to write out the whole title every time, sorry) oozes cool chic, whether in the production design, its fantastic soundtrack or in the confidence of its principles. Henry Cavill is once again too handsome to be true – a slightly slimmed down version of his Superman – delivering lines with a mid-Atlantic twang set perfectly for Napoleon Solo, the thief-turned-C.I.A. agent. His advocated partner – K.G.B. powerhouse Illya Kuryakin – meanwhile, is portrayed by the (almost) equally good-looking Armie Hammer. At 6’1″ and 6’5″ respectively, this duo of smouldering looks positively dwarf the pocket-rocket that is Alicia Vikander and she is no short-house at 5’5 1/2″. Despite the physical disparity she more than holds her own between them and once again proves a valuable asset to this production, further proof that her stellar performance in Ex Machina was no fluke.
TMfU displays a visual flair in stark contrast to Mr Ritchie’s more de-saturated look of the Holmes films – a vivid palette for a vivid period. All involved seem to be having a great deal of fun with Messrs. Cavill and Hammer sparking off one another, demonstrating a fun on-screen chemistry. Ably assisted by Elizabeth Debicki as the delightfully dastardly villain and together with Hugh Grant, Jared Harris and a creditable cameo from none other than David Beckham, TMfU pitches itself at just about the right level. With a 116 minute running time, the movie fairly bowls along, leaving its audience little time to dwell on a sharply constructed narrative that’s fun to follow. It’s well worth your time and here’s hoping they green-light a second offering.
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is available now on Blu-Ray & DVD