Kingsman: The Secret Service
Every once in a while a movie comes along that is a notch above the normal Hollywood fare. These films almost always become blockbuster hits. "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fits this description to a tee. In this 20th Century Fox film, director Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class”, “Kick Ass”) strikes just the right balance between action and humor, all while maintaining a pace that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The plot is nicely fleshed out and the story arc is complete. The film even includes a few jokes that were set up early on, developed throughout, and had punch lines delivered near the end of the movie. Gold! Throw in acting talent like Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine and the potential of the film is improved even more. Taron Egerton steps his acting game up to the big leagues with his lead performance as Eggsy. This production has all of the elements of a movie with long legs at the box office.
Kingsman is an ultra-secret spy organization that operates outside of the bureaucratic confines of government.
Kingsman is an ultra-secret spy organization that operates outside of the bureaucratic confines of government. This privately funded group is highly trained and gets to play with all sorts of neat toys. By toys I mean premium spy gadgets that would be right at home in a Bond movie. The Kingsman organization limits its membership such that, the only way to get in is when one of the current members die. When this happens, a group of candidates is sponsored by the remaining Kingsman members. These candidates are then brought together to train and compete for the vacant slot.
A good portion of the film is dedicated to the competition between the candidates and adds significant depth to the characters involved. Eggsy is the candidate sponsored by Galahad (Colin Firth). Eggsy is, somewhat predictably, cast in the role of rough street kid turning into a distinguished member of an elite club. We have all seen this story arc countless times before. Somehow the use of this literary device doesn’t come off as contrived and only adds to Eggsy’s likability. While Eggsy doesn’t initially fill the vacancy in the Kingsman ranks, he eventually earns his way into the elite club after another Kingsman agent dies. His inclusion into the Kingsman is facilitated by defeating the villain of the film, Richmond Valentine.
The stereotypically quirky and megalomaniacal Valentine is portrayed beautifully by Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson takes this character right over the top – in a good way. One fantastic example is offering a meal of McDonald's on a silver tray to a tuxedo-wearing guest. Once the Big Mac is chosen, it is carefully unwrapped and placed on fine china with silver tongs before being served to the tuxedoed guest. This scene is set in a formal dining room in a lavish mansion. Brilliant!
No super villain is complete without their henchmen. Or in this case, henchwoman. Sofia Boutella plays Gazelle, Valentines right hand woman. Having a woman as an additional protagonist adds flavor to the rich movie meal. Her prosthetic legs include razor sharp swords that she wields with deadly accuracy. The scenes with the prosthetics being used as weapons are even better than what is given to us in the previews. This is one film where the trailers are only teasers of the full movie experience.
While the entire audience knows how this film will end, getting there is way more than half the fun. In fact, getting there is what this movie is all about. The rich scenery, the nifty gadgets, the wonderful acting, the comedic moments and the wonderful pace of the movie all add up to a wonderful cinematic ride. For the price of a couple of happy meals, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is one ride you definitely need to take!
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Brian Hill is a home theater enthusiast who has an extensive background in sales. His interests include music & movies, F1 & NASCAR auto racing, hot rods (he has a '56 Nomad) and hockey — Go Sharks!
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