Colin Firth can wear a suit and beat people down with the best of them! Kingsman: The Secret Service is a clever parody-esque omage to classic British spy films. By parody please don’t think I’m referring to movies like Austin Powers. Though Kingsman is very self-aware, and silly at times, it’s filled with clever dialogue, brutal action and fantastic characters (and that’s just the first ten minutes). Kingsman is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick A**, X-Men First Class) in fact he was slated to direct Days of Future Past but passed and opted for Kingsman. Crazy, right? Now that I’ve seen it, I can happily say no, not crazy at all.
Kingsman follows the unaffiliated world spy organization by the same name. Acting as modern day “Knights of the Round Table” with names such as Lancelot, Gallahad, the Kingsman stop the baddies and fade into the background. These men are the best of the best and I loved every minute with them. When a Kingsman dies at the hands of an unknown assailant, new recruits are enlisted to fight for his place at the table and are put through the most dangerous job interview of their lives. Filled with amazing action, well flushed out main characters and a lot of witty banter, Kingsman brings a perfect blend of Shoot ‘Em Up, Kick A** and classic Bond films while somehow turning Colin Firth into an action star. Even Samuel L. Jackson’s character, who could have been a huge disaster, was fantastic in this movie as the super villain who can’t handle violence. However, I must tip my hat to relativley unknown Taron Edgerton for his fantastic acting, natural charisma and overall action chops. Well done, good sir! Perhaps “nice one bruv!” is more fitting. One tiny critique, which is probably a result of having to sit in the front row of a packed theater, is certain effects in the clactic scene were very noticeable and took me out of the movie for a minute. Otherwise… perfect!
It’s hard to get across in text how much I absolutely loved Kingsman: The Secret Service. I may have loved it more than John Wick and I LOVED John Wick.
Basically, if you’re old enough and not effected by violence, I would highly recommend this movie. If you’re an action movie fan of any kind, I would highly recommend this movie. If you love spy films, but like your movies a little quirky, I would highly recommend this movie. If you like movies with plenty of twists and joy inducing “Holy Geez!” moments, I would highly recommend this movie. It’s over-the-top spy action fun that I want to see more of. Please make another Kingsman Matthew Vaughn! Just make sure it’s also good.
I would like to mention however that this film is not child appropriate. There is a lot of violence including a hugely violent scene that happens inside of a Westboro Baptist-ish church. This movie, like Shoot Em Up, does not shy away from showing violence such as headshots, severed limbs, etc. I mean there is a women that has swords for legs… There is also a very quick unnecessary scene at the end of the movie that shows a women’s naked bottom preparing for sex. With that in mind, do some research before going to see this with your teenager. Make sure you know what they can handle and make an informed decision from there.
Kingsman: The Secret Service will likely not win an Oscar or a Golden Globe. But with the exeception of a few super hero movies coming up in 2015, I doubt I’ll have more fun at a theater in awhile. Also, did anyone else want to go buy a nice suit and talk fancy after seeing this movie? No? Just me? Okay.
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