Light on its feet, utterly inconsequential, and quite often a pleasure to look at and listen to, "The Man From UNCLE" is Guy Ritchie's big-screen reboot of the classic '60s spy show. Showcasing the charms of Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander, it is a piffle, a fetish piece for anyone who loves the pop side of the '60s, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is not a non-stop action movie, though, and I suspect that on the heels of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," it's going to be treated more roughly than it deserves.
Ritchie has been working with writer/producer Lionel Wigram since "Sherlock Holmes," and they seem to have settled into a pretty happy system of doing things. They share screenplay credit on this one, with the story attributed to Jeff Kleeman & David C. Wilson as well as Wigram and Ritchie, and it's a pretty simple, straightforward thing. After extracting Gaby (Vikander) from East Germany, Napoleon Solo (Cavill) finds himself pressed into escorting Gaby to find her long lost father and, more importantly, the nuclear secrets he possesses. In order to do this, though, Napoleon is teamed up with a huge, borderline psycho Russian secret agent named Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) since both superpowers have an interest in keeping these nuclear secrets out of the hands of terrorists.