Movie Review: Kingsman The Secret Service


Of all the movies opening Valentine’s day weekend Kingsman: The Secret Service is definitely not something you would expect. It boasts itself as a James Bond-ish film with the gadgets and the villain but not so much the spy. It tries to take all the elements that work and put it in a film.

The Kingsman are an elite set of spies who all have code names that are members of King Arthur’s round table. Colin Firth is Galahad. After meeting Eggsy as a child he comes across him again as an adult and chooses him as his selected recruit when there is an opening in the Kingsman due to a death. Eggsy (Taron Egerton) clearly the least educated and trained of the recruits fights to earn a place where there’s only one opening. While Eggsy is doing his hardest to make it thru training we see Galahad, Merlin (Mark Strong) and Arthur (Michael Caine) trying to figure out who killed their colleague and what this villain is up to.

Harry (Colin Firth), an impeccably suave spy, helps Eggsy (Taron Egerton) turn his life around by trying out for a position with Kingsman, a top-secret independent intelligence organization.

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The villain is Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) A multi-billionaire who hates the sight of blood and violence. He has decided to use the money he has to rid the world of evil. That’s an unusual villain isn’t it? His method is to convince world leaders and celebrities to come around to his idea of cleansing the world of evil and whomever doesn’t agree is held prisoner. Valentine is an over the top villain, he has a lisp, dresses the same all the time and his henchwoman Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) is a deadly assassin who has prosthesis on her lower legs which she keeps as sharpened knives.

Kingsman is not light on the action but they go from the typical impossible to the cartoonish. Its like they said what would happen is we add in a bench of potty humor and cartoon violence. Its a weird mix to be sure. Because of the odd mix the balance tips just too much into the parody zone. I wanted to enjoy this as an action flick and because Kingsman barely takes itself seriously when it attempts to have a tender moment you question if you should feel bad or expect more comedy coming down the pipeline. I was surprised to get this level of comedy from Matthew Vaughn. He produced some really good movies include my absolutely favorite film Snatch so I wasn’t expecting this as all.

Kingsman getting the gadgets

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Kingsman is good looking men with English accents in fancy dress, the clothing can all be found at Mr Porter, silly sex jokes, cool stunts, and great bar fights. If that sounds appealing to you, then this is your movie.

My Rating: Matinee
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Studio: 20the Century Fox
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Run time: 2 hours 9 minutes
MPAA Rating: R