A HIGHER CLASS OF HERO.
In 1963, the CIA and the KGB team up, forcing their top agents (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer) to reluctantly cooperate on a case where Nazi sympathizers might get their hands on a nuke. After taking on the world of Sherlock Holmes with amusing results, Guy Ritchie turned to a classic 1964-1968 spy series and sets up what looks like the beginning of another franchise. Cavill and Hammer are fun as the agents who can’t stand each other and Alicia Vikander is a good match as a resourceful German girl. The story can’t carry this rather bloated movie, but the action and gorgeous period details are assets.
2015-U.S. 116 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Cast: Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo), Armie Hammer (Illya Kuryakin), Alicia Vikander (Gabriella Teller), Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant… David Beckham.
Trivia: Tom Cruise and George Clooney were allegedly considered as Solo; Steven Soderbergh for directing duties.