I really liked Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). The trailer had looked really fun, and it turns out the movie was really fun as well.
It’s a not-quite-so-serious British secret agent movie, that pokes a little bit of fun at some of the existing films in the British spy institution. Colin Firth plays Galahad, one of the more central characters on the British side of things…he is a mentor/sponsor of sorts to Gary Unwin (they call him Eggsy, but I don’t understand the nickname), who undergoes the selection process for becoming a “Kingsman”, which is name for this group of secret agents.
They’ve got the fashion references, they’ve got the alcohol references, they’ve got the fancy weapons and clever devices. A lot of great work with specialized umbrellas. I thoroughly enjoyed some of the “tests” the potentials were subjected to.
The good guys are pitted up against a memorable bad guy, “Valentine” played by Samuel L. Jackson. His character has a particular style of dress, and a particular manner of speech that makes him unforgettable. His megalomaniacal plans to control the world are worthy of any of the Bond villains. He has a henchwoman Gazelle (played by Sofia Boutella) who is very effective in her duties.
As the film progresses further and further and the British agents are trying to stop Valentine, many of the events are more and more far-fetched. There are a few gratuitous comedic moments between Unwin and Princess Tilde of Sweden there at the end. And there is a great little scene played while the credits are rolling, that sort of helps to neatly tie up some of the loose ends in the film. So stay for that.
|Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)|
|Rating: 8.3/10 (35,843 votes)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), Mark Millar (comic book "The Secret Service"), Dave Gibbons (comic book "The Secret Service")
Stars: Adrian Quinton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jonno Davies
Runtime: 129 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
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