Enter the world of suits, spies and seriously spectacular sparring situations…
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a modern day spy movie based on the acclaimed comic book The Secret Service written by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. It’s somewhat of an ode to the 007 days, before it became all about the intense car chases and dramatic explosions. The film takes us back to the “far-fetched theatrical plot” that formed the basis for this much-loved genre. That’s not to say it hasn’t incorporated elements of more recent releases in its make-up. Kingsman gives us the best of both worlds, honouring the old while giving us the excitement of the new – something director Matthew Vaughn has marred together with the utmost skill and precision.
The film centres on the story of Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Eggsy, played by new-kid-on-the-block Taron Egerton (Testament Of Youth, The Smoke). Firth is the embodiment of a gentleman of true class, working in a secret spy organisation dedicated to saving the world outside the parameters of political affiliation. He takes on Egerton to be his young protogé, despite their significant differences in station and mannerisms. Following the dual storylines of Eggsy’s training and the inevitable evil plot executed by the villainous Valentine, portrayed to perfection by Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars), the film makes for an entertaining and quirky viewing.
I cannot express how much I enjoyed my two hours spent captivated by this illusive, and at times somewhat ridiculous, world. It was cinematic escapism at its best. The script was reminiscent of the old-time classics, and just when it had lulled you into feeling like you knew what to expect, a jarring or brass comment was thrown in to shock a laugh out of you and break you from your stupor. While obviously giving a nod of recognition to its predecessors, the film is also largely about poking fun and satirising them at the same time. It takes the overly-dignified elements and exaggerates them to the point of ridiculousness, and some of the special effects used are quite obviously there only for the purpose of sheer ludicrousness. The outrageous gadgets and high-tech equipment are in abundance, obviously. The villain has the typical quirks to make him stand out from the rest-Jackson’s lisp and distaste for blood are utilised for a highly satisfying comedic effect. Undoubtedly though, the piece-de-résistance that I think really deserves to be highlighted are the numerous fighting scenes scattered throughout. There is a distinct 3D-like effect about the movements through the camera angles used, and the fast paced nature and distinct brutality make them exciting, shocking and thrilling all at the same time. There are some really gruesome shots (case-in-point: the church scene) that rate this as more than just a family friendly film-well, that and some of the more ah….explicit references. All combined, they make for a hilarious new take on the typical espionage saga.
Between the stellar performances given, the impeccable timing of the script and the innovative direction, Kingsman: The Secret Service is definitely well-worth your time and money. I think, based on how it’s received, there may even possibly be a follow-up…? Either way, it’s definitely not the last you’ll see of the wonderful Taron Egerton on the big screen! Watch this space, folks!
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Colin Firth, Samue L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Running Time: 129 minutes
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