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The Man from U.N.C.L.E: A Breezy Spy Film That Will Leave a Smile on Your Face

August 23, 2015

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The world needs movies like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I bet right now you are wondering why we need another television to film adaptation. The movie is a breath of fresh air that never takes itself too seriously and is a lot of fun. It wears its cheekiness on its sleeve and gives the viewers a breezy 90 minutes full of fun action, believable chemistry and good looking people. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock) is a master of style and you could tell he enjoyed his time directing U.N.C.L.E. If I had to sum up the film in one moment it would be when Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) gets drugged and he makes himself comfortable before he passes out.

The Man From Uncle Suit

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The film revolves around The Americans and Russians teaming up to stop the Germans from getting their hands on powerful world hurting technology. The plot is an excuse for Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander to travel around the world in search of action, tailored suits and wrestling. I love that nobody uses their natural accents and seem to be loving it. It is nice seeing Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer do something other than play a morose Superman or second fiddle to Johnny Depp. The two have a nice chemistry and the film is at its best when they are bickering. The two men are joined by the always reliable Alicia Vikander  (Ex-Machina) who brings her sly sensibilities and easily holds her own against her tailored suited co-stars.

The Man From Uncle Alicia Vikander

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I really enjoy The Man From U.N.C.L.E. because it knows exactly what it is and has fun with that confidence. It may be an unnecessary movie but still proves to be effective. There is a moment when they are attacking a German compound and are engaged in a boat chase in a closed marina. Cavill gets thrown from the boat and finds his way to a cargo van where a conveniently located picnic basket of dinner awaits him. He sits in the van enjoying the food and wine while Hammer drives around in the background being chased by a heavily armed gunboat. The moment is cheeky, fun and ends with a cargo van landing atop a boat. Of course, the duo arrive safely back to their hotel (totally dry) and are able to meet the villain before she becomes suspicious of them.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E is way better than it has any right to be. Guy Ritchie imbues it with a wonderful visual style and the actors are all game. If you get a chance check it out in theaters before it becomes a hit on DVD. It is worth your time and will leave you with a smile on your face.

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