The world of spies is a dangerous, lavish, and enjoyable to a certain degree, as we’ve come to expect with most James Bond movies. While the latest have been serious, this film comes along as a comedic approach to the spy genre. If there’s a style comparison with recent huge movies, it’d look something like this: Daniel Craig’s James Bond is to The Dark Knight Trilogy, as Kingsman: The Secret Service is to Marvel’s The Avengers. If anything, that means you’re in for a good time.
Every country has their own secret defense organization, but the British have another separate from MI-6 that really does all the heavy lifting. The Kingsman are essentially the new knights of the round table, led by Arthur (Michael Caine). Galahad (Collin Firth) is setting out to find a new recruit, as they had just recently lost their Lancelot. Rather than looking for a preppy type, Galahad finds Eggsy (Taron Egerton) about to get his ass beat in a bar. He stops the patrons and then describes why he chose him.
As Eggsy goes into Kingsman training, the world around them is beginning to change due to Valentine’s (Samuel L. Jackson) newest products. Valentine is a billionaire tech mogul who worked to create free sim cards for all. World leaders are going missing and the wealthy followed soon after. It’s up to the Kingsman to unravel a grand master plan, but they’re going to have to work through some kinks in order to get the likes of Eggsy to help save the world.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a tremendous time at the theater for most everybody. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve not seen an audience respond so well to a screening of a film. All throughout the film were uproars of laughter, cheering, and howls of laughter, critics included. This film is how you imagined James Bond if he took his job less seriously and had more fun using his ridiculous gadgets. With a terrific cast, wonderful stunt direction, and a director that knows how to cater to an audience, this is sure to be the first big and most deserving hit of 2015.
Director Matthew Vaughn‘s style is instantly recognizable if you were one of the many who flocked to go see Kick-Ass. Over-the-top violence, styled in a such a way that it elicits laughter and gasps. Throw in the thrill of X-Men: First Class and some of the more intriguing aspects of Layer Cake and you have Kingsman. Vaughn’s continuing adaptation of Graphic Novels has served him well, as this is his most enjoyable film to date. He loves to delve into the absurd and never takes himself, not the film too seriously. The environment he creates for his actors makes the film all the more enjoyable for the audience.
Colin Firth, the King of The King’s Speech, does maintain some level of gentleman in this film. That is, until he has to kick the asses of everyone in a bar because they exhibit poor manners. Firth has never been more out of his element, but it’s a glorious sight to behold and he completely sells the part. He easily has the best scene in the film and his dedication to killing in spectacular fashion is just another aspect of this film that works incredibly well.
Newcomer Taron Egerton, a rough-talking street hooligan, holds his own against some of Britain’s most esteemed actors and manages to bring some youth to the old gentleman’s club. His punk attitude might not gel with the other men, but it’s who he is and he never abandons who he is inside and what he stands for. Underneath the wiseass persona, Egerton brings a lot of depth to his troubled character and his unique approach to situations makes him the most valuable asset in the film. He’s someone you want to see again in another film, which is pretty high praise for a new actor.
In graphic novel fashion, the story is somewhat ludicrous and there is more freedom with what the characters can say and do. This opens up the possibility for Samuel L. Jackson to have the time of his life with one of the most entertaining villains of late. On top of that, you also get to rack up an impressive body count that’s compiled of headshots, slicing & dicing, explosions, and death by spy weaponry. There’s no doubt that this film is a hard-R, but don’t let that dissuade you!
Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of the more entertaining times that I’ve had at the movie theaters and it completely reinforces why people go to the movies in the first place. This if first rate entertainment at its finest and audiences are going to have a field day with it. Taron Egerton and Colin Firth make a lasting impression, as does Vaughn who goes all in with this latest effort. If you’re in the mood for a wild time, look no further than the Kingsman!
Kingsman: The Secret Service Trailer