The idea behind Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is to keep film reviews short, to the point and most importantly SPOILER FREE! Keep it simple. Would you recommend this film or not?
I’ll come right out and say it now. This is my favourite film of the year. I loved every single little thing about this movie and its not often I feel that way. It all just clicked and I had a fantastic time watching it. It’s going to take something really special from Star Wars to knock it off my top spot.
Originally The Man from U.N.C.L.E was a 1964 American television show, but I’ll admit I’d never heard anything about it until after watching the film. What I saw from the trailers made me think that someone was just trying to make a live action version of Archer. Which is an amazing TV show. If that was what they were going for though then they pretty much nailed it.
The film is directed by Guy Ritchie who I am a fan of. I loved the Sherlock Holmes films he did with Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law and I can’t say no to watching Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Hopefully we’ll get a third Sherlock film eventually! There is something about Ritchie’s style that makes his films so enjoyable to watch. They’re just fun.
The premise: Set in 1963 at the height of the Cold War, a criminal organisation linked to the Nazis plans to use nuclear weapons against the world. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin have to put aside their differences and work together.
Henry Cavill takes a break from playing Superman to deliver a brilliant performance as Napoleon Solo and he has a great chemistry with Armie Hammer who plays Illya Kuryakin. The constant attempts at one-upmanship, that quite often end up embarrassing themselves, are hilarious and if you’re a fan of sexual innuendos then this film has got plenty. Somehow they’re done in a ‘classy’ way and don’t lower the tone of the film. I’m not sure how that works really, just trust me on it.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a fun, sexy action movie and I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough. I am aware though, that in reality this isn’t the ‘perfect movie’. The story might not be the most original thing you’ve ever seen for example. But it’s just so much fun to watch that I don’t care. Loved it.
I just hope they make a sequel.