I am always fond of Guy Ritchie’s works. I think his works are so sarcastic and well… British. My favorites are Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and RocknRolla. Now, I have new favorite; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
For heads up, this movie is about an American spy; Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and a Russian spy; Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) that teamed up to disarm a nuclear bomb and acquire a research disc from a nuclear expert after the World War II. With the help of the expert’s daughter; Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), they put cover to sneak into the organization that is believed to have the expert kept.
As usual, I went clueless to the movie. I did not really know what the movie was about, but my friend said that it was funny. Until the minute I sat my ass on the theatre I looked it up a bit on the internet and found that it was Guy Ritchie’s. The original The Man from U.N.C.L.E was actually a 1964-1968 American TV series with the same premise as the 2015 movie.
I expected it to be Guy Ritchie-ish; sarcastic and British. At the opening, I was happy, because I could feel Guy’s retro touch in it. However, when the story started and realized that the main character was American (and Russian and German) I felt quite concerned that this movie would not be as exciting as the other two movies that I liked.
Fortunately, it turned out as good. Even though it did not have the British vibe (I did not know it was originally an American TV series), he still managed to deliver the sarcasm in the movie. It was funny and extremely entertaining. I have not watched the original series, but I bet it would not be as sarcastic as the adapted movie. I laughed almost from the start to the end of the movie, and the scenes were precious. I like how they added retro presentation to intensify the time setting. With the hint of bromance, it became one of my favorite. By the way, I think Henry Cavill would nicely fit the James Bond role.
Because of this movie, I was infatuated with Illya Kuryakin, the cold short-tempered KGB agent who was portrayed by Armie Hammer. To sum up, his character is actually the kind that I fell for; quiet, awkward, and harsh but actually attentive. Moreover, the Russian accent made this character more desirable. I was so into this character that I was actually thinking of re-watching it again. Lol.
I got an U.N.C.L.E crush.