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Man From U.N - C.O.O.L - The Man From U.N.C.L.E Movie Review

Updated on August 16, 2015

Are you spys?? Or models??

From L to R: Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill
From L to R: Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill

Studio - Warner Bros. Pictures

Director - Guy Ritchie

Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant

Run Time - 116 minutes

Budget - Estimated $75 million

I'm 30 years old so I have never watched an episode of the TV series on which this is adapted from. The most I knew about this show was that Ducky from NCIS was one of the main leads, now my mother does remember, so it begs the question........Is this a TV show worth adapting for the big screen for today's audience? The answer is yes!!!

Now they could have done what the cool thing is to do these days and adapted this to modern time, however they keep it in the 60's which is always fun to watch.

Cavill plays Napoleon Solo (great name by the way) the CIA's finest with the assistance of Illya Kuryakin played my Hammer and Gaby played by Vikander, they need to stop a mysterious organisation from using nuclear weapons on the world. The plot is by the numbers, so no real need to get into specifics.

You see any parking attendants??

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer

The chemistry between our three leads is fantastic, Cavill, Hammer and Vikander have fun interplay. Henry Cavill is great as the lothario James Bond-esque american spy, i enjoy Cavill as a leading man. He is charismatic and has great comic timing that he wasn't able to do as an alien from Krypton. Armie Hammer as the Russian KGB spy I also enjoyed, his accent wasn't distracting and he had little nuances that made his character interesting.

Its a beautifully shot film from the clothing to locales its all stylishly brought to life along with the fantastic soundtrack that perfectly encompasses the time period.

As previously mentioned the plot is by the numbers spy stuff and there are some slight pacing issues throughout the film. Hugh Grant who is heavily promoted in the advertising which you would expect as he is a famous actor, is not in the film much. Its great when he is on screen but it's nothing more than an extended cameo.

He's got himself a gun!

I can see the franchise potential with this film, which they make sure you know they want to do in the last scene. Guy Ritchie's stamp is all over the movie which can be a tad distracting, it works better for Snatch and Lock, Stock. However this film wears its flamboyancy on its sleeve which I have to commend.


This is a fun time at the cinema, if you're looking for good performances and something that you don't need to think about too much about then I would give this a watch. Plus Alicia Vikander, I think i'm in love...officially!



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      Pat Mills 2 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      It sounds like your mother may have had a crush on David McCallum from the old series, just as my sister did. I enjoyed the piece, and might catch up to the movie if time permits.

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      I do remember the TV show very clever stunts and weird humor. Your review makes me want to see it.