Possible spoilers ahead!
Moviegoers love sex and violence in spy movies, but if the James Bond films aren’t your thing, then “Kingsman: The Secret Service” should do nicely.
Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman features a top-secret British espionage group that is inspired by King Arthur and his knights.The agents even use the Knights names as their code names,
After a one-man effort to rescue a kidnapped scientist (Mark Hamill), the Kingsman lose their Lancelot. Not long after, the group begins the process of recruiting a replacement and agent Harry “Galahad” Hart (Colin Firth) nominates Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton).
Eggsy is a seemingly ordinary young punk who lives with his mother and her abusive boyfriend and spends his days getting into trouble. But Eggsy is also the son of a former Kingsman who gave his life to save Harry and others when Eggsy was just a kid.
Eggsy doesn’t fit in with the more sophisticated other candidates. The only one Eggsy develops a frienship with is Roxy (Sophie Cookson). And what I liked best about their friendship is that it was just that, a friendship. And honestly, it was refreshing to see this in a spy movie.
The extended testing process designed to find the new Lancelot is a long one, but a fun one to watch. For instance, their barracks are flooded while they sleep one night, and they must figure out how to escape. There is also a group skydive where once they jump, they are informed that one of them is not packing a chute. The group training falls under the eye of Merlin (Mark Strong), who steals most of the scenes he’s in.
While all of this is going on,the film’s super-villain is Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), wants to save the planet from climate change. Valentine tried to use the usual channels but failed in his quest. Now, he’s hatched a more sinister plan that involves zapping the minds of the world’s population via their cell phones he handing out and driving people to kill each other off.
Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t work alone, and along Sofia Boutella (as the bladed henchwoman Gazelle) are a fun set of opponents for the Kingsman. But as you’d expect, Jackson is the scene stealer of the villains.
But the best performance of the film goes to its star, Colin Firth. Here, Firth scores with one of his most likable and entertaining performances ever. As Harry Hart, Firth performs much of his own choreography, and thanks to great cinematography, Hart is just as believable in action as he is exchanging banter with the film’s villain.
Colin Firth’s action sequence in the church is one of the film’s best action pieces, and one that had the entire audience rolling with laughter. With his style and charm, Harry Hart quickly became one of the best spies I’ve seen in movies or television.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” re-teams Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class collaborators Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman for an adaptation of another Mark Millar comic book, The Secret Service (published in 2012).
The Kingsman film takes a few liberties with the original Secret Service story, but the movie ultimately delivers an outrageously fun take on the spy movie genre
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a raunchy, bloody, over-the-top spy film that had everything I could have asked for in any movie. This is one movie that is Rated R for several good reasons, but the main thing to remember is this: Themovie is just flat-out fun.
Since last Friday, I’ve seen “Kingsman: The Secret Service” twice, and I plan on seeing it again this weekend.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” final score: 9.5
And I promise, after seeing this movie, you’ll have this song stuck in your head for days: