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The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015) - Movie Review

Guy Ritchie directed this film so you know if nothing else, the movie will atleast have style.

It is a spy film that is set in the cold war era. The story is something that you have seen done so many times i.e two guys who don't like each other forced to work together for the greater good. What's interesting about the movie is that it pays a huge homage to spy movies of 70s/80s. It is classy, stylish and doesn't take itself seriously (mostly).

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer lead the film with being spies on the opposite end of the spectrum. Cavill plays a classy american spy, like an american James Bond. And Hammer plays the russian spy who has the typical traits i.e big tough guy. Both are joined by the lovely Alicia Vikander and they formed a rather fun trio.

I loved how Cavill and Hammer played off each other. Their chemistry was great and their banters etc were really fun to watch. All of it was enhanced by the beautiful cinematography, stylish direction and riveting soundtrack.

My problem with the movie was that it didn't focus enough on the two leads and their development. I would have loved more earlier screen time for the two. Also, the tone shifted to seriousness in the last act, which felt very out of place compared to the rest of the film and the whole last act felt sub par. And to add a bit of twist and interest in the story, the movie used flashback technique and while it would have been great if it was confined to that first time but the movie kept on using it over and over and over again to the point where I was like CMON.

All in all, it is an entertaining movie but the last act really brings it down.



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