If there was ever a reason to believe Henry Cavill should be the next Bond, his latest outing in Guy Ritchie’s, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, is it. The film will certainly act as an audition for Cavill when the time comes, and it would be hard to argue after his performance.
Set in the 60s, Cavill plays suave, classy CIA agent Napoleon Solo – reminiscent of an immaculate, suit wearing Sean Connery in the early Bond years. The sassy one-liners and womaniser attributes are also there for all to see.
The opening of the film pits Solo into a gun chase against strict, straight-faced KGB agent, Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).
The pair soon come into contact again however when they are forced to work together in order to stop a mysterious criminal organisation from producing nuclear warheads and threatening a disturbance in the post Cold War peace.
Their only lead is Gaby (Alicia Vikander), a car mechanic from East Berlin whose father is a bomb making scientist and uncle a die hard Nazi. They soon discover the brains behind the organisation, the villainous temptress Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki).
With Ritchie directing, the film is typically stylish and visually engaging which perhaps makes up for the slight lack of substance.
Cavill and Hammer are perfectly cast opposite each other with enjoyable on-screen chemistry, exchanging humourous quips throughout. Hugh Grant’s boss role also offers the British comedy punch, and be sure to look out for a sneaky cameo from David Beckham.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E certainly lacks that definitive bite and is far from being Ritchie’s best work, but the film still proves to be an entertaining and stylish watch, a fitting revisit to the original TV series from the 60s.