Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

A fun take on classic spy films.

Kingsman The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service once again proves Matthew Vaughn is a great director.  The film is a fun take at the classic spy films, and it’s filled with wit, beautiful scenes and actions sequences straight out of video game or anime.  I have a great time watching this film, and found myself asking for more when it’s over.

Based on the comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman stars Colin Firth as Harry Hart, code name Galahad, a collected and sly veteran spy from an British organization called Kingsman .  After the death of another fellow agent, Galahad decides to recruit Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), a working-class man and the son of a long-fallen comrade, to be a part of the secret service.

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Meanwhile, the film also features a villain named Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson, with a lisp!), who is rich and has a vision to better the world with the help of technology.  The character is like a page out of the comic, and Jackson does a wonderful job making him a fearful villain, despite his funny getup, and the fear of blood.  Valentine’s scheme also brings attention to the recent obsession of technology, and it kind of send chills down my spin the possibility of big companies such as Apple to plant explosive chips in our devices.

The film is a super spy film, but it’s done so in a way that brings awareness to how chessy those films can be, and how unbelievable the gadgets are.  The film has bulletproof umbrella, and wrist watch that shoots darts like Detective Conan, and even lighter that’s a grenade.  All these gadgets are what make the film stands out, and my heart jumps with excitement every time a new gadget is introduced.  The funny thing is, decades after the cheesy spy films were introduced, the gadgets are starting to be believable.  I’m starting to appreciate these films that feature technologies not too far fetched.

There’s no doubt Firth and Jackson are great performers, but newcomer Egerton is a surprise hit as well.  The dude is a true action star, and he has proven to be a talented actor with charm and charisma.  Eggsy is a complicated character, as he appears to be a thug, but secretly full of heart inside.  Egerton does a great job understanding how deep the character is, and he really comes to life due to the actor’s wonderful performance.

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Sophia Boutella’s Gazelle doesn’t have enough screen time!  The character is awesome, and the razor-sharp prosthetic legs are unlike anything I’ve seen before.  Boutella is dancer herself, and you can see it through her dance-like fighting style, something similiar to Sanji from One Piece, or Fishface from TMNT.  If anything, it would be nice to have Gazelle origin movie to detail how Gazelle met Valentine, or how she got those legs.

I’m also a big fan of Vaughn’s artistic choice for the film too.  It’s especially gorgeous and creative when it comes to violent scenes such as the church massacre and world leaders’ heads exploded.  Vaughn does such a great job with the ultra-violent situations, it’s really an art piece instead of something you want to turn your head away.

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Overall, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a great film.  It’s a spy film that’s aware of its genre, and has a lot of fun with it.  The actors are perfectly cast, and the scenes are beautifully done.  It’s only February, and Kingsman has already trumped most films from 2014, so go check it out if you haven’t yet.

8.8/10

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