Kingsman: The Secret Service

A spy organization 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. (IMDB)

Writer:  Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn
Director:  Matthew Vaughn
Stars:   Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson
Run time/Rating:  129Minutes/ R
Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn

There is a new addition to the comic book film genre with Kingsman: The Secret Service.  Comic books have long been, and even more recently been inspiration for the big screen but whether it be the superhero mega movies or teenage indie type films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or Kick-Ass, none come with a more grown up and sophisticated feeling than “Kingsman” which for me is overdue and welcomed.

The reason for this lies in the film’s Grade A casting starting with Colin Firth as Harry Hart – the experienced and still lethal agent of the Kingsman service.  His more experienced service director of the service Arthur (Michael Caine) also brings with him big screen class and expertise.   Add in the ever recognizable Samuel L. Jackson who plays the villain (with a godawful lisp) and a couple of younger stars on the rise with Taron Egerton as Eggsy and Sophie Cookson as Roxy, the total cast brings a style to the screen unexpected in an action/adventure/comedy coming from the colorful pages.

The 2nd reason is of course the type of group that the Kingsman service is.  This is an English secret service, outfitted more to the likes of James Bond in suits and formal attire than mutants or masked men in costumes and capes.  The Kingsman Secret Service also carries with it strict rules on being a gentleman – or gentlelady.  All of this does not stop them from being one of the most advanced groups technologically as well as physically which all create some of the most fierce fighters and destroyers in recent movie memory.

The action and fighting is done in a really fresh way mixing in touches of “300” but also with close range shots of meticulous MMA hand to hand style combat.  There are some of the most badass fighting sequences I can remember in this movie and that is all very surprising considering many of them come from Colin Firth in an action comedy.  Director Matthew Vaughn nails it using his experience from Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class but expanding to make it all even more exciting.

Kingsman is an underrated and surprisingly great movie of the summer.

Large Popocorn

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