The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015) Director: Guy Ritchie (12A)

You wouldn't know The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a Guy Ritchie film just from viewing it, and that's its beauty. This is Guy Ritchie grown-up, and coming strongly from the potential we've seen in the Sherlock Holmes films. Stylish and sexy, it's also bloody good fun and works well on the charisma of Henry Cavill as 60s American CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer's brooding Russian KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. They're an unlikely partnership, but it works; throw in a delightful Alicia Vikander and a little bit of Hugh Grant, and you've got a great movie.
Initially out to get each other, Solo and Kuryakin have to team up to help stop a nuclear warhead being sold to some bad guys by a realllllly bad, good-looking Italian power couple. Developing the weapon is Gaby Teller (Vikander's) father, who is being held captive by the realllllly bad, good-looking Italian power couple. So they need to find Mr Teller, and pronto, which means lots of glorious shots of Rome and the Italian coast, great tailoring, a nice pair of knickers, Russian LOLZ and high speed chases. It's all quite knowing, but playful and a retro joy to watch.
Good humoured, even the torture scene has a laugh. There's everything you'd wish for from a spy film, and the potential for the next U.N.C.L.E movie is a good set up. We've said it before, but if Ritchie can do this with a well-loved 60s international spy reboot or with Holmes, can you imagine what he'd achieve with a straight, not for laughs war film? It would be INCREDIBLE.
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