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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) – Film Review

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson

 

Matthew Vaugn has a tremendous track record. Stardust, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class are all fantastic films (I haven’t seen Layer Cake yet). With Kingsman: The Secret Service he only adds to the fact that he can do no wrong.

The film follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), who is recruited by a veteran Kingsman agent (Colin Firth). He aids in a mission to stop Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a wealthy eco-terrorist who is trying to reduce the population of Earth. Valentine is also assisted by an amputee with prosthetic blade legs named Gazelle (Sofia Boutella).

Supporting characters such as Merlin (Mark Strong), Arthur (Michael Caine), and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) all do well with the material they have. Merlin is a senior Kingsman agent while Arthur is the leader of the Kingsman. Roxy is a Kingsman trainee who becomes friends with Eggsy and also helps in the mission to stop Valentine.

This movie is a tribute to spy films. It’s pretty much Kick-Ass meets James Bond. It has hyper-violence, unique characters, and over-the-top fight scenes. It never takes itself too seriously and it’s very funny at times. Going in, I didn’t expect Colin Firth to be much of an action star. He pulls it off and in stylish fashion too. Speaking of stylish fashion, the clothes the characters wore made me want to go out and buy a very expensive suit.

The action scenes are great, fast-paced, and I didn’t notice a lot of shaky cam. I could actually tell what was going on and see all the action unfolding, which is always a plus in film these days. The standout action scene has to be the one that takes place in a church. It’s violent, over-the-top, and it will make your jaw drop. The other action sequences that I enjoyed were the ones involving Gazelle. The use of her prosthetic blade legs made the scenes unique and tense.

The film has a certain style and while it has dark moments, the word I would use to describe the movie is fun. The dark moments don’t feel nearly as dark due to the fact that the film doesn’t take itself seriously. If you want to watch a good tribute to spy movies that is violent, funny, stylish, and action-packed then look no further.

Rating: 8.5/10

8.5

Notes:

  • The only issue I had with the film was the unnecessary scenes that could have been cut to improve the pacing.
  • The training scenes reminded me a lot of X-Men: First Class
  • The anal sex gag at the end was completely unnecessary and extremely random
  • I didn’t notice that Mark Hamill played Professor James Arnold until I saw the IMDb page.
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