About The Film
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine
Run Time: 129 minutes
Rating: R16 (she’s pretty violent)
What RottenTomatoes.com Says About It
Stylish, subversive and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Mathew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.
What I Say About It
The trailer looked slightly lame, the concept sounded a bit silly and overall I was just not that excited about seeing this film. The pedigree of director Matthew Vaughn is somewhat impressive however; with films which I’ve enjoyed under his belt like Layer Cake, Kickass and X-men First Class so I thought why not see it.
I’m so stoked I made that choice as when that initial scepticism faded I had the most fun I’ve had at the movies since I don’t know when. First of all I was wrong about the concept being silly. The film takes itself seriously enough to be extremely entertaining and involving, while well written and intelligent enough to effectively send up, and affectionately poke fun at the spy genre.
The plot is also original and exciting while including some familiar elements; a rough recruit with endless potential training to be a super spy and an insane billionaire with a misguided ideas to improve the world.
As well as a great concept and plot this film boasts awesome well written and original characters all played masterfully by some of the best actors in the business. Samuel L. Jackson is heaps of fun as the megalomaniacal super villain, Colin Firth is suave and classy while still looking like a boss while he judo kicks baddy after baddy. Newcomer Taron Egerton plays Eggsy, a rough, chav type bloke, who had the potential to be pretty unlikeable but once again the performance is great and Eggsy ends up being a character we really root for.
Then there’s the action scenes. All of these scenes in this film are so gleefully over the top, undeniably original, impeccably choreographed, well-acted and beautifully filmed that this film stands out as one of the better action films I’ve ever seen. I often find that I got lost in a flurry of kicks and gunshots with films this heavily action orientated however the way that the scenes are filmed combined with the comedy that’s injected along with the originality of the whole affair keeps them fresh and engaging throughout. And don’t even get me started on the church scene.
Now at over two hours this is by no means a short film; however I was thoroughly entertained throughout and would happily see it again. I guarantee this is the most fun you’ll have at the movies this year.
10 Words Or Less
Intelligent, humorous, original, action packed and extremely fun, spy spoof.
This film is a modern english classic, a twist on an well known style with a bit more kick than usual. For this reason I reckon cracking a Trip Hop ESB by Garage Project mid viewing will complete your experience. Take in the english class and style that Kingsman oozes as you sip on New Zealands and GP’s delicious take on a classic English style. Hoorah!