Kingsman: The Secret Service – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Theatrical Review
A rare theatrical review! That’s right, I went to the cinema to watch this one. I remember seeing the trailer for Kingsman a long time ago, well it seems like a long time ago. I can’t remember when but I do know that the film’s release date did get pushed back for some reason, which actually made me want to see it even more. I was not disappointed, as this was an extremely fun fun film from director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class).
I don’t know if I can really compare Kingsman to anything else I’ve ever seen. It was very cool and suave, so it was part Connery Bond. It had incredible gadgets and explosions, so it was part Moore Bond. It had plenty of tongue in cheek humour, so it was part Austin Powers…well, it wasn’t that silly, the humour really reminded me more of the Roger Moore films again. It seemed as though the film used just about every spy movie cliche and trope at it’s disposal, but it used them properly with a wink and a nod to the films of the past.
A troubled youth who has fallen in with the wrong crowd is recruited for an ultra secret spy agency by Galahad (Colin Firth) the man who recruited his late father for the same organization. Eggsy (Taron Egerton) isn’t the rich kid like the rest of the recruits, but he is more skilled and has the street sense they sometime lack. Trained by Merlin (Mark Strong), who is the organization’s “Q”, Eggsy finds friendship some of his fellow recruits, such as Roxy (Sophie Cookson) and friction with others, including Arthur (Michael Caine), the head of the organization. When a global warming scientist (Mark Hamill) is kidnapped and a Kingsman is killed in the rescue attempt, the trail begins to lead to a megalomaniac industrialist (Samuel L Jackson) who as close to a super villain as you could hope in his plan for world domination.
A lot of the film was very predictable, but that just made you love it more I think. I would not have thought of Firth as an action film star, but he was incredible throughout the film, whether it was a fight scene or being a fine English gentleman. Jackson on the other hand, was an absolutely natural choice who played it up with gusto, stealing his scenes at every opportunity. I don’t think I really could find a single fault with the way the film came across. As I was watching it though I had to laugh at a few scenes where our heroes engage in a shootout, using a gun that seems to have an endless supply of bullets without reloading. This may have been a goof, but it also could have been yet another nod to those films that paved the way. Lots of action, lots of quick humour, and a light nod to the past, Kingsman: The Secret Service is certainly one I’d recommend.
Bottom Line: Clearly everything was set up to make this a franchise or at least have some sequels, and hopefully we do get some more. I can’t wait to pick this one up on Blu Ray to check out the special features, and revisit the world of the Kingsman.
Posted on 15-03-15, in 5 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged Colin Firth, Kingsman, Kingsman the Secret Service, Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, Matthew Vaughn, Michael Caine, Samuel L Jackson, Sophie Cookson, Taron Egerton. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.