The Man from (F)U.N.C.L.E
The Man from U.N.C.L.E movie is really FUN.
Having never even heard of the TV series Man from U.N.C.L.E, I went in to this film with little idea of what to expect, or what I was letting myself in for. This made very little difference to me though as I sat back and revelled in this energetic, entertaining romp, as well as the delightful face of Henry Cavill.
The story is set at the height of the Cold War, immediately throwing the audience in to a car chase through East Germany as professional thief turned CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) attempts to extract beautiful German car mechanic Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) over the Berlin Wall to West Germany and away from KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).
Next morning though the two are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to find Gaby’s father, Udo Teller, and stop a mysterious criminal organisation who plan to use his genius to create a Third World War between the United States and Soviet Union.
Behind the organisation is the immaculately dressed and brilliantly villainous Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki), who glides across the screen in a typically devilish way.
The film careers through beautifully-shot European cities in Guy Ritchie’s typically polished style, combining his unrelenting energy with a brilliantly engaging soundtrack, and a late appearance from the inimitable Hugh Grant.
Don’t worry if you’ve never seen the TV series, this entertaining and witty caper is guaranteed to please!