To say that spy films are a genre we’d choose to watch would be an over-statement. In fact, it would just be incorrect. As a film lover we’d never refuse to watch a new release, it just wouldn’t be at the top of our list. But The Man From U.N.C.L.E isn’t your average spy film. It was witty, without being cheesy. It was stylish, without losing substance. It was true to genre, without being predictable.
Set amongst the beautiful architecture of Rome, a number of Bond-style agents – and a female mechanic – are fighting it out for nuclear weapons. These lot are more duplicitous than Vauxhall trashbags. Imagine the furore when someone can’t find their iPhone at an after-party, it’s like that but with good fashion (and multi-million dollar gadgets). Hunky Henry Cavill leads a stellar cast of spies, who gets lumbered with a Russian counterpart as part of a joint mission.
With stunning cinematography, and adrenaline-fuelled action, you’re immediately immersed into a ultra-cool, super-slick world of espionage. The beauty of remaking classics (not that we were alive for the original), is that you get a traditional tale with modern CGI, something older films were unable to achieve. And the styling was just as effortlessly chic, just wait for our tom boy heroine Gaby (Alicia Vikander) to undergo a Cheryl Cole-style makeover. While Elizabeth Debicki plays the salacious socialite we all want to be. Another aspect of The Man From U.N.C.L.E that appeals to the masses; the girls are just as tough as the boys.
Cavill oozes sophistication as Solo, while thrilling fight scenes, powerful sexual tension and a number of twists will keep you enthralled from the start. Remakes often fall into dodgy territory as to whether they’ll do the original justice; this one need not worry the slightest; highly-recommended! Roll on the sequel!
[Sidebar: Henry Cavill in a suit… *drools*]
The Man From U.N.C.L.E hits London cinemas from Friday.