Mirror review: "Guy Ritchie pitches TV spy series remake just about right"


The Man From U.N.C.L.E review: Guy Ritchie pitches TV spy series remake just about right

It’s not quite as much fun as Kingsman: The Secret Service but it’s certainly his most entertaining film since Sherlock Holmes

Modern moviemakers have had limited success remaking Sixties spy capers to the big screen. For every Mission: Impossible we’ve had to endure a Get Smart or an Avengers.
Director Guy Ritchie bravely steps into these choppy waters with an entertaining and refreshingly old-fashioned adaptation of the espionage drama that ran from 1964 to ’68 and made stars of Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.
It’s not quite as much fun as Kingsman: The Secret Service, made by Ritchie’s old mate Matthew Vaughn, but it’s certainly his most entertaining film since he injected his trademark panache into Sherlock Holmes.
Taking place in 1963, with the Cold War set at permafrost, we meet debonair art thief Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), who’s agreed to work for the CIA to stay out of prison.
Soon after rescuing a damsel in distress (Alicia Vikander) from East Berlin, the reluctant spy learns he’s been paired up with brutish KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).
With the US and the USSR in a makeshift alliance, the spooks are tasked with finding an Italian megalomaniac bent on obtaining a nuclear bomb.

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