The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Review

Verdict: Stylish

Great cinematography, script, and acting.


Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) works as an American spy in the 1960s and has succeeded in recovering Gaby (Alicia Vikander) from the other side of the Berlin wall, with a close encounter with Illya (Armie Hammer), a KGB agent. The next day, Solo finds out that the Americans have teamed up with the Russians, and he is forced to work with Illya. Illya and Gaby pretend to be engaged in order to get close to Gaby’s uncle (Sylvester Groth) who has ties with Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) and Alexander (Luca Calvani), who are under suspicion of possessing a nuclear weapon. Hugh Grant is also in this as a representative for the British intelligence. Directed by Guy Ritchie.

This is a very fun and aesthetically pleasing film, with both action and comedy infused perfectly together. What I mean by aesthetically pleasing is that the visuals are incredible with the colour and images very crisp. Basically speaking, this film has style. The fast pace of the film keeps you engaged throughout, and the editing and visual effects are also well executed.

Cavill does a really great job with his character, playing the charming and confident American spy to a ‘T’. Hammer is also very good and his sometimes awkward and shy demeanour around Gaby is hilarious, though his anger management issues is a bit concerning and I can’t help but wonder if it is a bit stereotypical. Vikander as Gaby plays her part well too, and the chemistry between her and Hammer is well established and too cute to watch. Cavill and Hammer also have good bromance chemistry, and their constant attempt at outdoing each other is fun to watch.

The script is superbly written with both vocal and visual humour incorporated. In that effect, this is also due to the result of great cinematography and directing. The soundtrack goes well with the film, and is very influential in creating the comedic effect of scenes. The film does an excellent job at manipulating the emotions of the audience, with great music accompaniment, visual style, editing, and acting.

The story is a little typical in the sense that it is a spy film, and includes what spy films usually have (charming fellow, sex, a little violence, betrayal etc.) But does go a beyond being just a spy film with great humour, bromance and multiple protagonists (though Solo is a little more focused on). Although of course, this means that the film is highly testosterone charged and doesn’t even pass the Bechdel test.

Overall, a really well made film which is fun to watch and certain to hold your attention for its whole duration.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, editing, visual style, directing, humour
CONS: Story is a little typical, fails Bechdel test

I give this a 9/10.

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