Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Michael Caine
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Written By: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 9 min
Very loosely based on The Secret Service comic book series, Kingsman arrives in our theaters with a uniquely British sense of humor and style. Like a cross between the best of James Bond , Austin Powers, and King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, this film doesn’t sit still for a moment. Taking the well-worn spy movie genre, and giving it a swift kick in the rear!
A glorious R rated picture, complete with jaw-dropping unsanitized action, which is both brutal and bloody, but always delivered with a playful wink of the eye. Kingsman, in a relatively short period of time, introduces the audience to a new take on the British spy movie, while also delivering some incredible surprises. Let’s face it, no one plays secret agent man better than the Brits! That combination of perfectly enunciated Queen’s English, a well-tailored suit and a gentlemanly manner, hiding a well-trained, well equipped killing machine. Guaranteed entertainment!
Kingsman is part coming of age story, and part standard plot involving a megolomaniac’s plans to take over the world. And while I did like this movie a lot, at times it spread itself a little thin as it leaped back and forth between the Kingsman training scenes, and the development of the larger plot. Fortunately however, it more than redeems itself heading into the second half of the film, as several story lines coalesce around the central plot, and the volume on the action and fun gets cranked up to eleven.
This isn’t as serious as a Bond film, nor is it a spoof of that franchise either. Stylish, fun, and violent at times, this movie earns its R rating!
This is a massive globetrotting action adventure story. It looks fantastic, and is loaded with great crowd pleasing moments of action and humor. It also has a rousing score by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson (X-Men: First Class) so your best experience with this film will be in a crowded theater. At home a HD screening on a nice big TV is your best option. The impact of this film will be diminished on a smaller laptop, tablet or phone sized screen.
Best Moment: << spoiler >>
There are a lot of great surprises in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and the biggest for me was watching Colin Firth be a bad-ass action star as he battles a church full of violent wing-nuts!