What comes out is sort of a…Mad Men, meets James Bond and Maxwell Smart, and trying hard for dark humor similar to early Bond pictures. “This was just the kindest red carpet ever“. Funny, stylish and knowingly preposterous, this Sixties-set adventure is just a safari suit away from a Roger Moore era Bond flick.
While watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. So the older crowd won’t care for it.
In fact, not until the very end of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” does writer-director Guy Ritchie connect the men with the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
The 32-year-old actor plays special agent Napoleon Solo in Guy Ritchie’s latest movie and he got to dress in some fine tailoring for the role. Robert Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo was the dashing, dim haired, sharp looking womanizer, while David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin, dark turtlenecked and his light hair worn long, Beatles-style, was the all the more internal, hard to-achieve female heartthrob. No better is Armie Hammer as Ilya Kuryakin, a boyishly handsome actor who seems to force out his Russian accent and acerbic comments.
As ridiculous as it sometimes was, the TV show was popular enough in its day to warrant a handful of films and other spinoffs, and the intent here is clearly to launch another franchise for a new generation. She’s a mechanic from East Germany, and her dad worked as a scientist for Hitler.
While this is undoubtedly a attractive movie to look at, I generally prefer my spy movies with a bit more dark grittiness. “That takes a full year out”, he explained.
He then started laughing and quipped: “How brief do you want it to be?”
“They’re very intelligent, they’re quite manipulative but they don’t use their beauty to push them forward in the world”, added the Australian-raised former dancer. “I can speak for all of us, I believe, when I say that we care deeply for this and we care deeply for each other, our director and our producers and we had an incredible time”. Certainly, it’s smart and lots of fun.
The story, by Ritchie and co-screenwriter Lionel Wigram, is a mélange of espionage hugger-mugger with a zip-line escape over the Berlin Wall along with auto chases and shootings in lovely foreign locations (Italy, in this case). Ritchie’s film more or less caps off the summer movie season too, in addition to the run of quality spy releases, at least until Spectre in the fall.