Director Matthew Vaughn takes the helm of his third comic book adaption – the first two being Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men: First Class (2011). Both of which are incredibly good movies that took audiences by no surprise. Because of this, when I found out Vaughn was directing this adaptation, I was way more inclined to see it than I would have been if someone else were directing it.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) stars Taron Egerton (Who I haven’t seen in literally anything else before this) as an adolescent named Eggsy growing up in England in a cramped apartment with his mom, abusive stepdad, and baby sister. Very Mark Millar (author of the graphic novel this is based off of) to put his protagonists in these “crappy life” setups. Eggsy is recruited into a top secret spy agency by Galahad, played by Colin Firth. Eggsy goes through rigorous training to become a Kingsman while an ongoing threat to the world slowly comes to fruition thanks to a Bond villain-esque character named Valentine, played by Samuel L. Jackson.
A movie like this is right up Matthew Vaughn’s alley. He loves taking adolescents and having them go through hell to essentially find themselves and what they want in life. He’s also the man when it comes to action scenes. The way they’re shot with shaky camera techniques makes it seem like a live action cartoon. It disorients you, but you still know everything that’s going on. Not to mention the amount of blood, gore, stabs, slices, gunshots, and more make this movie just incredibly fun.
Colin Firth is probably the best part of this movie. I got out the movie theater and the first thing I wanted to do was buy a suit, an umbrella, and go to a pub to beat of a bunch of delinquents. He plays the charm of James Bond with the brutality of Jason Bourne – which is probably the best way to describe this movie. It’s a perfect blend of camp and humor we know and love from the old Bond films while still maintaining this gritty edge that we’ve seen in the Bourne movies. Vaughn really makes it work and gives us a love letter to spy films everywhere. Hell, they even reference classic spy movie formulas like the villain explaining his master plan while leaving the hero in an elaborate trap to die, along with the fancy gadgets like a pen with a poison tip and a blade in a shoe. It even has the Oddjob-like henchman with that one particular skill that they use to kill everyone with. Its humorous for sure; but these quips also serve a purpose in carrying the story as well which is awesome.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is definitely a film worth seeing if you’re into action, comedy, and espionage. Colin Firth kills it; you’re definitely gonna see more of Taron Egerton in the future; Michael Caine is in it as well along with Mark Hamill; and my only gripe with the acting is Samuel L. Jackson puts on this obnoxious lisp that I couldn’t help but laugh at throughout the entire movie. The action is absurdly awesome (Especially the one gunfight that goes to ‘Free Bird’) and it pays a great tribute to spy films that people know and have a vast appreciation for.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Very Good
Highly recommended if you’re a fan of Matthew Vaughn’s work or if you love spy thrillers. It’s very R-rated with the language and violence, but believe me when I tell you it makes the movie all the more enjoyable.
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