Last weekend I was able to acquire tickets to an advance screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service. So, without further ado, here’s my bite size review of… Kingsman: The Secret Service
What is it?
The adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic book The Secret Service and it’s directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class)
Who’s in it?
Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton.
What is it about?
Gentleman veteran of the secret service (Colin Firth) in England seeks a new recruit (Taron Egerton) for their organization. While this new recruit proves himself, they stumble upon a plot from an internet billionaire (Samuel L. Jackson) and he seeks to correct the one thing that is killing the planet.
Have you tried turning it on and off again?
The action in this film is fun, brutal, and able to easily make Colin Firth look like a legitimate badass…and that’s a statement I never thought I would make. Special highlight goes to the epic fight scene that involves the guitar solo from “Free Bird.” I won’t go into details due to dreaded spoilers but, Man, it is top shelf stuff!
This film is hysterical! It’s vulgar, silly, and not above making fun of itself and all other films of this type that came before it. It’s a loving representation of the spy film but it’s a terrific send-up of them as well.
The cast is pretty much perfect. I had reservations about Taron Egerton as the new recruit Eggsy (and yes, that’s his nickname) because I never saw him before but he was amazing. All the actors knew exactly the right amount of comedy and badassness their characters needed. Whether it be Sam Jackson clearly having a ball in his role, Colin Firth’s snark, Michael Caine being the awesome Michael Caine or Mark Strong balancing dry humor with a tough guy exterior, everyone made their characters dance.
The story is tight. The plot moves fluidly and it never lets up, drags, or becomes tedious.
I mentioned how awesome the action was, right? Because it was just that awesome.
The film feels like a marriage of the campy old spy films with the gritty new spy films and it worked so well together.
The music really sets the scenes. The film had an impressive score but also perfectly utilized well known songs (see the “Free Bird” part I mentioned).
Finally, I have to mention the action again. Seriously, it was that good.
I have no complaints about this movie. Everything worked so well together.
I had a feeling that Kingsman: The Secret Service was going to be entertaining but I was not prepared for just how entertaining it was. All the pieces of the film and story fit together to create a feature that is brutal, witty, violent, hilarious, tremendously acted, engaging, smart, cool, hip, stylish but never too flashy and, most of all, ridiculously entertaining and a whole hell of a lot of fun. I’m not one to ever say that the reader has to see something but I really believe this is a Must See!
Rev. Ron is an occasional stand-up comedian, a fumbling Shakespearian actor, a full time propane and propane accessories salesman, a homemaker, and a man who can make a damn fine garlic bread. You can read a more in-depth look at Kingsman: The Secret Service and other films on his blog Rev Ron Movies.