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Film: The Man From U.N.C.L.E

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image004MV5BMTc2NjQ4ODYyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODA3OTU5NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_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.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1638355/ and http://www.manfromuncle.org/
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Film: Kingsman – The Secret Service

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So… I’m celebrating my birthday this week, and part of this meant taking my friends to the cinema to see Kingsman. It was the only thing I wanted to watch out of everything being shown right now. I’m glad I made this choice. My friends, even though they didn’t know what to expect, or even what we were going to watch, loved every second of the film too.

First and foremost, the cinematography of this film (talking as a Media Studies student) is breathtaking. I had chills from the effects and the impressive quality of the film. It was absolutely flawless and even though I’m not even 20 yet, I still can’t get over the ever-improving quality of these new films.

Now, I’ll stop acting old and talk more about the film itself. The imdb  summary reads as follows:  ‘Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius’. These agents, or spies, are the new Knights of England.

The cast are phenomenal. There’s the brilliant Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Jack Davenport with Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson. All of them are fantastic actors but then there’s Taron Egerton, an up-and-coming new actor. Kingsman is his first film and he has the starrob_f4c123_kingsman-the-secret-serviceing role, rightly so, because he is ultra-talented and, as my friends will be keen to remind everyone, really good looking. He is definitely one to watch out for in the future.

The film also has a great soundtrack which at times provides much needed comic relief at moments of tension.

I absolutely loved Kingsman, which hopefully you’ve realised by now, and I recommend that you see it while it’s still in the cinema. I’m even tempted to go and watch it again before it comes out on DVD. The incredible cast, the soundtrack and the comedy and action iconography with the cinematography makes for the perfect film.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/ and http://www.dailystar.co.uk/movies/421860/Review-Kingsman-The-Secret-Service-15

PS – I apologise for today’s blog being posted so late. I take full responsibility for letting it get to the bottom of my to do list… oopsie!