Movie Reviews: 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'


Kingsman:  The Secret Service

By Matt O'Bryant 

Based upon the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman:  The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Matthew Vaughn is back again re-teaming with Mark Millar on yet another comic book adaptation this being his third comic book adaptation and his second collaboration with Mark Millar. This film appears to take everything that made three of Vaughn’s best films Layer Cake, Kick-ass, and X-Men First Class so damn good by meshing all of them together to make what will almost certainly rank as one of the best films of his directing career.

Kingsman is a stylish and visceral film that delivers on everything thing that was promised from its over the top hyper-stylized violence, spy thriller genre bending, and unique brand of humor.  Although not a perfect film, everything that is done here is achieved at a very high level of film-making.

The cast in this film is incredible and gives us so many great characters in the story.  The two lead protagonists in the film are Harry Hart and Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin played by the great Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton.  Colin Firth gives a great performance for an actor who has already achieved so much in his 30 plus year career!  What’s incredible is this is the man’s first action hero performance of his career and he nails it even though he's a middle aged in or close to his 50s  He kills it with his portrayal of an ultra suave “James Bond” type character, and he kicks major butt in this film.  The surprising stand out of this film for me is Taron Egerton playing the main character Eggsy, he gives a cool and nuanced performance of a kid who comes from a humble background kind of a nobody life and all of a sudden is thrown into this larger than life experience of perhaps saving the world.  I’d say look out for this kid Taron Egerton, he looks to be one of the new great actors of this generation.  Also Samuel L. Jackson delivers as the villain in what is a pretty cool character at times.  I'm not always a fan of Jackson's work, but as usual when he is directed by a great director he gives a good performances.

The Story although interesting could have definitely been better at times, but serves its purpose well enough.  The film lacks something that made some of Vaughn’s other films so remarkable, but its hard to pinpoint at this time after the first viewing exactly what that something is.

Overall I give this film a 4 out of 5 star rating, I loved this film and would recommend it to anyone who loves just having a badass fun good time watching a movie.  Go see this film everyone it is awesome!