19 Feb The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Trailer Review

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A week has passed since the release of the first trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. That time was enough for our emotions to subside, and our thoughts finally took shape in words. We have tried to describe what we have seen from different angles in such a short video.


What can be said after the two-minute video? The suits are sharp, the cars to die for — we agree. Car chases, shooting, intrigue — all in the best tradition of spy movies. Besides that, the two minutes of the trailer was enough to see the quite sharp images of the two U.N.C.L.E. agents.

The Man From UNCLE Henry Cavill and Elizabeth Debicki in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Of course, from the first seconds our attention was fully captured by Napoleon Solo — who is the all so confident American, the CIA's most effective agent, a talker and a womanizer with the symptoms of kleptomania. Even for those who have not watched the TV show Man From U.N.C.L.E. with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, but who saw at least small excerpts on YouTube, it is striking how perfectly Henry Cavill fits into the character of Napoleon Solo. Well-tailored suit, fashionable hairstyle... Maybe someone of you could see a perfect manicure or even smell through the screen of your monitor his expensive perfume? It's exactly the same impression as was created and adored by audiences of Napoleon Solo as played by Robert Vaughn. Moreover, Henry Cavill plays Napoleon Solo in the film adaptation, as if he copies the tone of voice and facial expressions of Robert Vaughn — the innocence in his eyes, a faint smile of the Mona Lisa, puppy face that could fool you, if you didn't know that this man is armed and very dangerous.

We are sure that for those of you who have already begun to tire of his epic-heroic roles, those who wanted to see him in a new genre finally felt heart palpitations, anticipating the changing role in Henry's acting career. We share your enthusiasm.

The Man From UNCLE Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Because it has already become clear that Henry really going to surprise us with something special.

Because now, for the first time in many years in a row, he is not playing the only lead character in the movie, with the action around only himself. Now he is one of the two lead characters. And now, to win the sympathy of the audience, he will have to fight in both senses with his on-screen partner and co-star.

Even after the first trailer fans are already asking each other, "So who of these two do you like more?" It is a reasonable question, the answer to which isn't always the same. In contrast with the fearless, talkative and charming Napoleon Solo is the no less fearless and charming, but sullen, silent and discreet Russian KGB agent Illya Kuryakin played by Armie Hammer.

And here it is necessary to digress and mention that at least 20% of our audience for HenryCavill.Org is Russian. And they are all waiting for the film's release, eager to see not only how Henry will look in the role of Napoleon Solo, but what would his Russian teammate Illya (who has a funny surname Kuryakin) be like. This happens every time when the Europeans or the Americans make a movie about the Russians and really, for Russians it's so much fun to look at the Russian characters in American movies!

The Man From UNCLE Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

So, if in the case of Napoleon Solo there begs comparison with the previous Napoleon Solo, the one that was in the TV show, in the case of Armie Hammer it is quite different. In Russia, nobody watched the TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But in Russia, there are no less remarkable movies and series of heroic detectives and crime fighters, such as The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed and Liquidation. Frankly, Illya Kuryakin, which we see in the trailer, just nails the character. Filmmakers managed not only to show Illya Kuryakin in a believable way — they hit the image of Russian super agent right in the bull's-eye! In Illya, in all his manners, in his speech, in his sweater and jacket and a cap, oddly enough, discern the features of well-known Soviet spies, such as David Hotsman in Liquidation. Sharing our opinions on the first The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer, we were particularly drawn to the scene of Illya's intense chess match with himself.

Here, for some reason, in the mind pops up a legend about how Ian Fleming invented his Napoleon Solo - his character absorbed those "scraps" that the author had discarded when creating his famous 007 agent, James Bond. Mr. Solo was allowed to have the traits that were not allowed for Mr. Bond — talkativeness, irony and self-irony, some relaxation of moral principles, etc.

And have you heard that the spy, who served as the prototype for James Bond, was born and raised in Odessa, the famous and now the third largest city in Ukraine? There’s a legend! The name of this man was Solomon Rosenblum, or you could know him as Sidney George Reilly, although he has plenty of another names (we won't be distracted by his long and interesting history — if you would like, then Google helps you). It was him from whom James Bond, and Napoleon Solo too, borrowed many qualities much-needed for a superspy: all these thieving stuff, charm, ability to win people to ingratiate himself, to crank adventure... It would be logical to assume that Illya Kuryakin also got something out of the "best" qualities of 007 from Odessa.

The Man From UNCLE Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Apart from the two dazzlingly handsome lead characters, of course, would be worth to pay attention to at least beautiful girls, as well as the villains, the chiefs and the other sympathizers. But there were so little of them in the trailer that you easy can be wrong in the conclusions.

Special attention should be given the humor in the movie shown in the trailer. This is Guy Ritchie, for sure. But initially, when in 1963 the TV series Man From U.N.C.L.E. was released (it was a year when there was the Cuban missile crisis, the height of the Cold War), the idea that agents of the hostile intelligence services can be mates and work together, seemed ridiculous. And later, the theme of the two agents from the CIA and the KGB, working together, was also used in comedy movies (as an example, Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach).

As you can see in the trailer, the humor is still quite easy: "Do these shoes belong to you or to me?" Or "Where did you get the invitation?" — "I stole it." Or the scene with the chess, which resonates with a scene from the Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya:

"Agent Sokolov, tell us the third spy commandment."
"A spy can be ruined by a beautiful girl."
"What is the solution?"
"A spy must himself ruin a beautiful girl!"
"The solution is incorrect. A spy must ignore a beautiful girl!"

Therefore, a KGB agent Illya Kuryakin very much tries to ignore the beautiful girl dressed in only a pair of pajamas, who is bending over backwards to get his attention. While Napoleon Solo clearly prefer the first way of dealing with beautiful girls.


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will be released in August. We are waiting for this day with great anticipation. Stay with us for more info and check out our Man From U.N.C.L.E. page. In the meantime, let's watch the first trailer once again.

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