Kingsman: The Secret Service

A juvenile delinquent is recruited into a top secret British spy agency by a stylish mentor who trains him in the skills of tradecraft.

Year: 2014
Certificate: 15
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin FirthSamuel L. JacksonMark StrongTaron EgertonSophie CooksonJack DavenportMichael CaineMark HamillSofia BoutellaEdward Holcroft

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Ever wondered what would happen if you crossed the traditional spy genre with the over the top antics of the Looney Tunes? Well no, me neither but I’m glad someone did because the result is something special. The story of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” follows Gary “Eggsy” (Taron Egerton) whose spy father sacrificed himself to save the life of a fellow secret agent Harry (Colin Firth)

Some years later Eggsy is now a young man and grew up totally oblivious to his father’s secret occupation. After going off the rails and getting in trouble with the police he’s taken under the wing of his father’s old superior Harry who begins to train in him in the way of The Kingsman. After a series of events and a world ending ploy it predictably falls on Eggsy to save the day!

I’m just going to be blunt… This movie is awesome. It literally ticks every box for me! The over-the-top action is hardly grounded in reality but given the Comic Book source material it’s no surprise. I’ve never read the comics so as far as the story goes I can draw no comparison but the film makers did an excellent job of making it feel cartoonish in look, tone and atmosphere but carefully balanced with a more serious tone and drama where we really get attached to these characters.

While Tarron Egerton does a fantastic job in the lead, it’s veteran actor Colin Firth who, to no surprise, steals the movie. His character feels natural and well built with just enough mystery to him to keep you intrigued.

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews while the action will no doubt be a highlight it’s the characters’ interaction and chemistry that will ultimately be what keeps you engaged over it’s runtime. If you haven’t seen this already give it a look and if you have revisit it. It’s definitely worth your time.

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