Synopsis – Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), 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.
My Take – Was lucky enough to attend the special screening of this film, which is still a bit far away from its actual release! With films like X-Men: First Class (2011), Kick-Ass (2010), Stardust (2007) and Layer Cake (2004) behind him writer/director/producer Matthew Vaughn has already established himself as one of the awesome film makers out there! After reviving the X-Men series, Matthew Vaughn picks up yet another comic book based film (again written by Mark Millar) & surprise!! He succeeds yet again!! The story follows an unknown but powerful British Secret Service. When one of their agent dies, all six remaining agents are asked to come up with a candidate that can replace him. After a dangerous selection process only one will remain. Kingsman Harry Hart (Colin Firth) nominates Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton), a small time criminal who also happens to be the son of a deceased agent . In the meantime the organization investigates the dubious plans of an ego- centric, billionaire and philanthropist (with a lisp) Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), who hates the sight of blood, but still wants to save our planet no matter at what cost. Yes! The film resembles the humor, violence and zany over the top characters of Kick- As.
For instance the Valentine’s bodyguard is a girl with no legs but with killing blades. Her action scenes are quite spectacular. She does remind you of Hit Girl. Over the last few decades, both comic and superhero movies, mostly fall into the easy trap of taking themselves too seriously (I am not complaining!). Where Vaughn’s vision lies, and so-far proved by his former comic adapted films is that they draw a clean balance to where drama and serious character development ends, and cartoonish humor meets, leaving a unique entertainment that stands out. The film is a throwback to old spy flicks, while at the same time being a sort of parody. It is humorous throughout. The plot is action-packed, intense and never ever lets up on being funny and exciting. The action scenes are incredibly put together and are capable of being amusing and totally bad ass in the same sequence—not to mention they actually proved that it is possible for Colin Firth to play an action hero. Additionally, the film is incredibly self-aware and wasn’t afraid of taking easy shots at itself or the entire spy genre. While not technically a parody, the film is reminiscent of the time when parody meant you could both love and make fun of the genre you were working in—not this stuff now that is just people falling down, getting hit in the nuts, and dated pop references within a scene that kinda/sorta resembles the movie it is trying (and usually failing) to make fun of. Fans of Bond and Kick-Ass are certain to love it, as through roller-coasters of action, comedy and espionage, comes a bucket of winks, references and nods to the world of spy movies. Just like the colorful, gadget filled Bond films of the 1960-70s! Portraying the lead character of ‘Eggsy’, Taron Egerton proves to be an outstanding newcomer as he brings the character to life with an energizing vibe of being just absolutely fantastic!
Colin Firth is finally gonna win over a huge amount of fans! Kudos to him for stepping out of his comfort zone & doing something we never thought we would for him – applaud & whistle. It’s Colin Firth like you have never seen before! – and it is bad-ass. Mark Strong perfectly balancing being a bad ass and a funny guy, Michael Caine being Michael Caine and showing that there isn’t a role he can’t play, and having Samuel L. Jackson look like he is having the time of his life as the wickedly fun villain Valentine, he is sure to makes you laugh more than fear, with his hilarious one liners! this film proves to have a cast that works as insanely well as every other aspect of the film. Director Matthew Vaughn delivered with this one and delivered in a big way. This film pays a perfect homage to James Bond films. The film is never short of violence and its guts and guns galore, when kneecapping; slicing off body parts and explosions become all too familiar. Given the caliber of talent involved, the movie does not fall stereotype and gimmicky like other spy adventures, but instead, a well-deserved mash-up of espionage and true cinematic excitement. On the whole ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is an ultra violent, funny, crazy, foul-mouthed take on James Bond films (with a little bit of ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Mission Impossible’ thrown in). Easily among the funniest & most violent action films I have seen in a while. Must Watch!!!
Director – Matthew Vaughn
Rated – R
Run Time – 129 minutes