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In the 1960s with the Cold War in play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo successfully helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby's father's scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their own agendas. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It's their shared influences, combined with a passion for cinema and a simpatico sense of humor, that make Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram such a tight screen-writing team. "It's great having a producing partner who can write, because writing is fundamental to filmmaking and the story is an organic, living, ongoing process," Ritchie acknowledged. "We both love the idea of taking a classic genre and putting a twist on it," Wigram added. "And Guy is constantly trying to do something new with the action, to give audiences something they haven't quite seen before." See more »
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At this rate I'll have to see all of Ritchie's films
Remembering the TV show, just barely, I remember I liked Illya a little better than Napoleon. That hasn't changed in this far better version. This movie is a joy and I either smiled or laughed through the whole thing. There is no way they're not making a sequel.
Guy Ritchie's direction is assured and far more clever and entertaining than his current rivals. And his eye for casting, assuming it was his doing, is impeccable. I particularly appreciated Alicia Vikander who was dreamy enough in Ex Machina. Here she does a little dance in one scene that went indelibly into my do not erase memory.
Cavill and Hammer make an unexpectedly good team. And though I was a little partial to Hammer's performance, Cavill has a flair for comedy that I haven't known about. Oddly enough, Hugh Grant who appears briefly, is a proved asset but seems a little out of place.
All in all though this is a fun movie and not to be missed.
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