Guy Ritchie gives the iconic 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. a slick and stylish reboot, delivering a breezy mix of spy caper and buddy movie, a deliciously old-fashioned romp brimming with retro chic, and with a champagne cocktail’s effervescent fizz.
Set in 1963 against a backdrop of Cold War suspicion and jet-set cool, the film finds the TV show’s mismatched espionage duo – suave CIA operative Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and scowling KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) – reluctantly joining forces to thwart an international gang of nuclear-bomb wielding baddies with the aid of Alicia Vikander’s East German car mechanic.
Despite the high stakes, Ritchie and his cast – including icy villain Elizabeth Debicki and a very droll Hugh Grant – play it cool. Cavill and Hammer’s chalk-and-cheese chemistry is a delight and the larky thrills and spills are enormous fun.
Certificate 12. Runtime 112 mins. Director Guy Ritchie
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray & DVD from Warner Home Video.