Take Me Somewhere Else
Right off the bat I wanted to see this movie because Henry Cavill. I could watch him with the sound off and still be happy. But with the volume turned up I get to see him AND hear him. Bonus!
Ok..to the movie. I admit I have never seen an episode of the tv version of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” If it was pre-Tim (that was before 1997) I never watched television. I was too busy. So I didn’t realize this is an adaptation of a tv series until I saw it in the beginning credits. The premise (in case you’ve never seen the tv show either) is that the CIA enlisted a criminal, Napolean Solo (played by Henry Cavill) in 1963 to help Gaby Teller (played by Alicia Vikander) defect West Germany (remember…there was a wall separating the East and the West in the 60s). But the KGB wasn’t thrilled about Gaby defecting because it’s her father who is helping a private criminal organization build a nuclear bomb. The Russian secret agent, Illya Kuryakin (played by Arnie Hammer) wasn’t about to have it. Chases ensue, and as it turns out…all three (Solo, Gaby and Illya) have to work together to defeat this private criminal organization that is WONDERFULLY played by the most evil villain I have ever watched…Victoria Vinciguerra (played by Elizabeth Debicki). Yes…in this movie, the villain is a woman.
The movie starts right off with action. Not even 15 minutes into the film and we’ve already had to pay attention. The entire movie continues with the action. And the wit. I didn’t know this movie was a comedy, but I giggled the entire movie. I know that Henry Cavill (Napolean Solo) was supposed to be the one I paid attention to, but I thought Illya (Arnie Hammer) stole the movie. Dude was hilarious! Fun fact….Arnie Hammer is the great-grandson of Armand Hammer, yes, the guy who makes your refrigerator smell fresh with the little orange box.) Illya is the Russian KGB agent who has some serious anger issues.
I can’t say too much about the movie without spilling some spoilers. So this will be brief. The movie is fun! The two hours went by quickly. It sort of had an “Ocean’s 11” and “Sherlock Holmes” feel to it. It certainly had almost the same videography. There were spots where director, Guy Ritchie, used graphic novel sort of sequences to move the action along faster. If you want a fun two hours, this is the movie to watch. Rent it or buy it. We bought it because this movie is worthy of being in our collection. And, well, it has Henry Cavill in it. Duh!