The Man from U.N.C.L.E: Spy Comedy meets Romance

If you’re a fan of spy comedies, you’re going to love The Man from U.N.C.L.E: Guy Ritchie’s big screen adaptation of the beloved 1960s television series elegantly fuses espionage, comedy, and romance to create a really entertaining movie.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015): Directed by Guy Ritchie (Rock ‘n’ Rolla, Sherlock Holmes); running-time 1h 56mins; starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Batman vs. Superman), Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Lone Ranger), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl).

What’s it about? During the Cold War, an CIA agent (Cavill), a Russian spy (Hammer) and an East German mechanic (Vikander) find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a criminal organization from building a nuclear bomb. The movie is based on the suave Cold War-era spy series of the same name.

What’s it really about? The slow-burning bromance between two men who, though they are on opposite sides of the Cold War, have a tremendous amount of respect to each other.

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for something fun and exciting to watch on a date: TMFU is a spy comedy with romance and friendship thrown in the mix
  • or perhaps you are looking for something you can watch with your parents, grandparents even: they might be familiar with the original series, which encourages nostalgia
  • You like spy movies such as the James Bond series, Mission: Impossible or The Bourne Identity
  • You enjoy watching spy comedies such as Kingsman, Spy, or Johnny English
  • You’re a fan of 1960s spy series: The Man from Uncle feels like an authentic continuation of the genre started by The Avengers, Get Smart and the series The Man from Uncle
  • You appreciate well-rounded female characters: Alicia Vikander’s Gaby Teller is feisty, independent, handy, tough, yet not embarassed to admit when she’s scared, sexy without trying to be, emotionally distant, but still vulnerable
  • You’re a sucker for a good bromance: Ilya and Solo’s dynamic is reminiscent of Julia Roberts and Clive Owen in Duplicity, or even Brangelina in Mr and Mrs Smith. While their antagonistic relationship isn’t explicitly romantic, there’s definitely a homoerotic undertone to the glances passed between the two spies
  • You appreciate accents: Henry, who is British, plays an American who is fluent in several languages, including German and Italian; Alicia, who is Swedish but speaks English with a British accent, plays an East German working for the British, while Armie, who is American, puts on a thick Russian accent for his role. In fact, the only two people to retain their native accents are Hugh Grant and Sylvester Groth
  • You’re interested in seeing Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander tap into her comedic potential
  • You’re rooting for Henry Cavill to become the next Bond: the Man of Steel recently announced his campaign to succeed Daniel Craig as 007. His Solo certainly demonstrates the poise and coolness required of someone applying for a license to kill
  • You adore 1960s women’s fashion: Gaby’s outfits will take your breath away
She may look like a porcellain doll, but make no mistake: You do not want to mess with Gaby

Most memorable quotes:

Waverly: For a special agent, you’re not having a very special day, are you?

(Gaby and Solo are chased by Ilya)
Gaby: Don’t you want to take a shot at him?
Solo (watching him in admiration): Somehow it doesn’t seem like the right thing to do…

Ilya: Your new boyfriend is a Nazi!
Solo: How did you find Vinciguerra?
Gaby: I think he’s an athletic, good-looking, gazillionaire who’s offered me a job and made advances towards me.
Ilya: Still a Nazi!

Most memorable scene: During a boat chase around the harbour, Solo is thrown from the boat, swims to the shore, breaks into the next best car, turns up the radio (“Che vuole questa musica stasera”) and starts eating a sandwich from a picknick basket the car’s owner has left as he watches Ilya continue the chase in the rearview mirror.

Magic Music Moment: While Ilya is trying to focus on a game of chess in their hotel room, Gabby puts on Solomon Burke’s “Cry to me” (also featured in a steamy scene from Dirty Dancing) and starts dancing around goofily in her pjs.


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