the man from u.n.c.l.e. (2015)

I have never seen an episode of the show but with this cast, how could I resist?

CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are first at odds over the German mechanic Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), whose father is working with the Nazis to make a nuclear bomb. After Solo successfully removes Teller from East Berlin, he and Kuryakin are partnered together to stop the Nazis, with Teller’s reluctant help.

Of course I loved this movie. I love spy movies. I love the ’60s styles. I love this cast. I love Guy Ritchie. I love the wordplay. I love the sets. Basically, a whole lotta love.

Cavill was doing his best Bond interpretation and though I am pro-Idris Elba for the next Bond (or Sam Heughan), Cavill can do it guys! So suave, so gorgeous. Napoleon’s a cad, but he’s a good-natured one. Hammer brought so much intensity and sweetness (not sure if that’s the right word, but he was like a puppy dog in some scenes) to the character of Illya. It also helped that he’s like a freaking giant. God, the fight scene between him and Cavill is what would have made me see Batman vs. Superman if Hammer was Batman. But my favorite part of Hammer’s performance was the electric chemistry with Vikander. Serious swooning coming from me. Speaking of Vikander, she is fantastic in this role. Not too hard, not too soft. A refreshing female character this summer. And she’s so tiny! Holding her own against those two men should have been difficult but there was such an ease.

Some of the action dragged a bit long but I didn’t care. It was so much fun to watch. The humor and quick cuts and everything that Ritchie excels in was put on display. And the music! It’s been a while since I picked up a score for a movie, but this one I needed. Especially for my next trip to Rome. Warner Bros, please please please give me a sequel. I need to see what these characters do next.

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