Yesterday I was very fortunate to go see The Man From U.N.C.L.E at the cinema. It was an insanely good film and therefore I must recommend it asap.
I must start by addressing the cinematography of this film, which was phenomenal, really clever and it gave a unique energy to the entire film. It is very fast paced, action-packed and has flawless scenes, especially the fight scenes and car chases. This style of editing and shot selection is very typical of the director, Guy Ritchie, who is up there in the list of my favourite directors. If you’re familiar with either of the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, you’ll recognise the style.
Secondly, the cast is amazing. You don’t need to wait to see the film to know that you’re in for a treat. Not only are the two leads good looking, they are also up and coming popular stars right now. Who am I talking about? None other than Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. Other members of the cast include Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) as Victoria, the ever amazing Hugh Grant as Waverly and Jared Harris as Sanders.
So… onto the important part, the story. Based on the 60s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E starring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum and Leo Carroll, the concept of the film is that CIA Agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. It may seem like a very simple story but alas, there are a few twists hidden within a very amusing plot. The relationship between the two agents is enough to keep the audience’s interest alive and makes for a lot of comedy.
With little else to say, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, is a superbly made film with incredible settings (filmed in Italy) and brilliant cast with a serious storyline matched with charm and amusement. A perfect watch indeed especially with its mix of action, adventure and comedy.
‘I’ve only ever trusted my gut on everything. I don’t trust my head, I don’t trust my heart, I trust my gut.’
‘There’s a saying, ‘It’s easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.’ I’m going through that right now.’
‘I like the idea of helping people help people.’
‘I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.’
‘I’ve never been enamoured by the idea of being a celebrity.’
‘I watch everybody every night, from sitting down to being on their feet at the end, and I feel a sense of reinvention, of caring, presenting these songs in their purest form.’
‘I always just wanted to be the singer or the bass player in the band. I’d love to have a band, where I was obviously the singer, but where it wasn’t me, it wasn’t my name.’
‘I like to be able to present myself in two or three different ways because I’ve never really wanted to rest on my laurels and be something that people expected. ‘
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Bryan Adams is a Canadian musician and singer who has been ‘one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during the last three decades’. He is known for his husky voice and amazing guitar skills. You may well know him already but since I am a huge fan of this man I thought he was worth recommending. Additionally, my Mum is an even bigger fan of him and so is Tom Fletcher from McFly/McBusted (who I also love).
Last November, I saw Bryan Adams live with my Mum and it was genuinely amazing. He has so much energy and he really is a talented singer and guitarist. His music sounded exactly the same, if not better; live even after he had been singing non-stop for over half an hour. That’s another thing, he didn’t take any breaks for the entirety of the show and there were no support bands. When we paid for a ticket to see him, we literally paid to see him. It was incredible.
If you are part of the minority who have never heard of Bryan Adams, then you should check out the following videos:
Today’s recommendation, Maltesers Teasers, is something that I know a lot of you have already seen and eaten but as the adverts have been re-circulating and the product has been pushed again I thought the timing was apt to mention it.
I recently got a craving for this chocolate after seeing the advert so many times one night so as I was shopping today, I saw it on offer and knew I needed to pick it up. I’m glad I did because upon having a piece I was reminded why this chocolate is my favourite. It has such a wonderful creamy texture with delicious Malteaser biscuit balls that combined give such an amazing taste.
The reason I love this chocolate so much comes from my love of biscuit pieces in chocolate. Sounds weird, but allow me to explain. Whenever we get a selection box of Celebrations, usually around Christmas time, the one chocolate I want to completely steal is the Maltesers Teasers, which have been in production a long time before the bigger bars were made. I also loved the Malteaster Bunnies which are very similar. But before the Malteser products, I used to love the Cadbury’s Biscuits that were made up of little balls of shortbread biscuit floating in Cadbury’s milk chocolate. They were so delicious, but sadly, Cadbury stopped producing them. Either way, they were what triggered my love of biscuit-ed chocolate bars, so if you’re like me and love these types of chocolate and haven’t yet tried Teasers, you really need to get on with it because it will change your life!