MRM: “Kingsman: The Secret Service”
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Movie Review Monday: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson
When I saw the trailer for this movie I thought, “Cheesy jokes with some action scenes, whatever.” Oh, was I wrong. I mean, sure it involved that, but it was polished to be the perfect amount of entertainment.
Typically, when you see a movie this peculiar it is because of the odd storyline – this actually had a great plot. The Kingsman are a team of gentlemen that were formed with disinherited WWII money and the intentions of becoming humanitarians. Basically, doing good for the sake of doing good, (instead of working for the government). Already, I’m interested in the story.
The main character Eggsy was the son of a late Kingsman and has grown up in a broken home. He ends up in a training program to learn how to fill his father’s footsteps.
The antagonist, Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is causing a deadly, global threat. In a twisted way, when he tries to justify himself, it is nearly persuasive. You know he is extraordinarily disturbed but his motives aren’t so far-fetched.
I went through this movie with a big smile on my face. Whether it was from a badass fight scene, a goofy joke, or a tremendously strange spectacle; I was grinning ear-to-ear. For a movie that I haven’t heard much about, I didn’t have a lot of expectations. Colin Firth is an actor recognized from my favourite winter romance movies such as, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” or “Love, Actually”. I was a bit hesitant that he would be suitable for this role. Then you watch his suave personality and intense fighting and you can’t help but respect his dominance. It was a nice change of pace for Mr. Firth.
Eggsy (Taron Egerton), I have never seen in anything before. Yet again, impressed. You think he would be one of those characters you are meant to consider a jerk and not like until he perhaps transforms into his potential. I liked him the whole way through. He had great comic delivery and was a well rounded character.
The humour and action in this movie are brutally hysterical and not like anything that has come out lately. With similarities to Bond such as the gentlemen persona/style with a goal to defeat a boss; Kingsman still holds it’s own originality and is entitled to many more laughs. Kingsman adds a fresh, young perspective balanced with the idolization of older generations; appealing to an array of audience members.
As someone who isn’t quite into spy movies – I would watch this multiple times over. Even with all of the humour and nonsense, there was still stability which I find rare in comedies. Plus, I love me some bizarre acting from Sammy L. J. Highly recommend!