“Pure fanboy ecstasy.” – Entertainment Weekly
“[. . .] Runs low on comic resources in the process.” – Wall Street Journal
“Blend of breathless action with Brit irreverence.” – USA Today
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Hello everyone! This is Kariann here, and today I will be reviewing the latest action-comedy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. While it has only been out for a couple of weeks depending on the country you are living in, you cannot deny the fact that the word of mouth for this movie has been really spreading since its proper release on January 28th in the UK.
For those who does not know what this is about, here’s a little summary to help you understand a bit of what actually is going on in the movie…
Based on the comic series written by Mark Millar of the same name, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. (Source: 20th Century Fox)
Well, what do you think? Are you willing to stand the gore and the barrage of profanity that this film includes? It honestly is not that bad however it may be off putting to some viewers who are looking for a laid-back movie and the gist. So if you are looking for something that does not include sexual innuendos and comical nonsense, then this one is not for you.
However, if you are indeed interested, then read on for a spoiler free review which will briefly highlight the pros and cons of this comic adaptation!
All in all, I think this one was a surprise f
or me. Having watched the trailer a few months ago and immediately dismissing it as one of those things that will eventually be classified as ‘Bond-wannabes’ (i.e Alex Rider, Agent Cody Banks), I had my doubts as this movie began. Although that was so, the reluctance I had against this movie disappeared after the first ten minutes of its beginning. This was mainly helped by the energetic-yet-comedic start, with an upbeat soundtrack serving as the main theme throughout the film. I was instantly hooked, despite several occurrences where I genuinely had to scratch my head due to the minor goofs that this movie shared. I won’t be revealing them here, but as you watch the movie, you will realise a handful of points that should have been discussed thoroughly, but never was.
As for the directing, Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class and Kick Ass) once again does a mighty job of serving the real purpose of this film which was ultimately comedy. There was one scene which I thought was absolute killer so for those who have watched it, you probably know what scene it is. To add on to that, the actors did nothing but make the movie even better. Honourable mentions include newcomer Taron Egerton, Colin Firth (who I think deserves to be Bond sometime in the future) and Samuel Jackson. Without them, I think the movie would be less special and hilarious.
Plot-wise, the movie could’ve used some touch ups. This is because of the fact that there were numerous incidents wherein I had no idea what was going on since the scene was not elaborated properly or it was since the action and blood overruled the supposed intention of such part. However the acting and the cinematography of the film makes up for the slight bits that was mishandled.
In conclusion, Kingsman: The Secret Service offered a very satisfying movie – coming off as a Bond film gone crazy. And that my friends, is much better than being a wannabe.
Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine