The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based on the 1960′s television show of the same name that tells the story of CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin who join forces in a mission against a mysterious criminal organisastion that’s working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
Director Guy Ritchie has created a name for himself for his action-comedy armed with distinct cinematography, editing, and jabs at the fictional representations of espionage. This was evident in his previous work on bothSherlock Holmes films and has clearly made it’s way onto our screens for his new adventure, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. This film can be consider something that is very aware of itself, making fun of the stereotypes and cliches that we have come to see in almost every espionage film but he makes it feel enjoyable and not rolling our eyes at something we’ve seen before, only ever so slightly different. The production design of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. are on point, making us fall in love with the aesthetics of that period and play into Ritchie’s style for the film. It puts Mad Men to shame.
And speaking of putting things to shame, the “bad guys” of the film are nothing compared to the modern times that we live in. It makes us realise how much more of a simpler time it was all those years ago as we see franchises likeJames Bond become darker and grittier and television shows like Homelandhad to create a more threatening world then the one that they had originally created. It’s a definite needed break from the dark and gritty that grace our screens today.
It’s a well cast film, especially in relation to our two leads with Armie Hammer’s Ilya Kuryakin, a Russian KGB agent with an on point accent and convincing enough Russian that he had to speak in various scenes (although there were some parts where his accent did drop), and Brit Henry Cavill’s Napoleon Solo, the ever so smooth CIA agent that clearly is of his time and swoops in to shine a comedic light onto Hammer’s all-serious character. They were a perfect match to play opposite each other, ready to take us on an adventure of a generation past.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E is a tongue in cheek, escapist film that enjoys taking us on a ride through the past.