The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

This movie is slick. It has style and charm with comedy sprinkled in throughout. The movie stars Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, American Spy. Here, he is charming, personable and generally a happy guy. The directors really need to have him act more like his for his Superman rolls. Not entirely, but just more charming and less brooding. It also stars Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin, a humorless Russian spy with anger issues. And Alicia Vikander as Gaby, the niece of high valued target.

Being a spy movie, the action is smooth and flowing. Even as things are spiralling out of control, the main characters keep their cool and somehow get things done. The main fun of the movie is seeing the competing styles of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. They start of hating each other, slowly learn to appreciate each other’s skill and then respect each other.

I really enjoy movies like this. The scenes and dialogue just flows from one to the next. The action is like a gentle river that hits patches of rapids without missing a beat. This entire movie is just smooth. The only odd parts to the movie are the overtly comedy bits. It’s not cheesy enough for that shift in tone.

I’m not going to dig into the plot too much, but its Cold War era stuff, only with America and Russia working together against someone else. But I do really like this movie. It’s just got a certain feel that the main characters are always in control, even when they aren’t. Both of them are cool customers.


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