Studio: Warner Bros.
Reviewed by: Ed Coke
Fixing something that isn’t broken is usually a bad idea. Not only does it waste time, perhaps the world’s most valuable commodity, but it can also change things for the worse and often there’s no way to repair the damage that’s been done. I tend to have this feeling whenever a new spy movie comes along, desperately trying to recreate the essence of the early Bond films while continuing to push out increasingly unbelievable plots and tech. Even the newest movies about Agent 007 don’t seem to have the mystique and panache that they once did, going for a more action-focused and athletic secret agent. What to many was the best part of the martini swilling playboy/hero, his charm, was all but written out of the script. Cue The Man From U.N.C.L.E., an absolutely fantastic new film out in theatres based on the 1960s American television show of the same name. Directed by the almost always awesome Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) and starring the new Superman, Henry Cavill, Arnie Hammer (Lone Ranger), and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), U.N.C.L.E. tells the story of a mission to stop the nuclear ambitions of a cold-war era supervillain. Fully stocked with international espionage, Mad Men-esque style, and cheeky comic relief, there was even some steamy romance for good measure. As the new Bond film prepares to hit theatres, it may want to consider that The Man from U.N.C.L.E. wins because it focuses on an agent with a likeable persona that people genuinely want to cheer for. Amazing shooting locations, a story with unexpected twists and turns, and excellent chemistry between the cast make for a surefire hit.