Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is an over-the-top British spy film with a top notch cast, some clever stunts and plenty of laughs.

Featuring a cast of Hollywood veterans including Colin Firth, Samuel L.Jackson and Michael Caine as various straight-faced spy archetypes, I got the impression that they had a lot of fun making this film.

 

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Seen here with his double, Colin Firth stands out as an impossibly-British gentleman spy with all kinds of tricks up his sleeve. Or shoe. Or umbrella. (You get the picture)

 

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Samuel L. Jackson plays off Firth’s ‘pomp’ with a great performance as a megalomaniac villain with a lisp who can’t stand the sight of blood.

 

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Welsh actor, Taron Egerton, is a relative newcomer to the acting business, but holds his own as a good hearted, wayward kid.

 

Michael Vaughn is Director and Co-Writer of the film and although I wasn’t a fan of his earlier writings (‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘Snatch’), I have enjoyed his later works such as ‘Stardust’ and ‘Kickass’.

 

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Vaughn has a distinctive style of comedy that is quite dry – and at times even ludicrous. This script could have been easily destroyed in the hands of an inexperienced cast.

 

In criticism, I will say that some of the violence was too much for my tastes, and I’ll admit that I fast forwarded through one particularly extreme scene that seemed to go on and on.

But overall this is a great film for those looking for a well-acted, easygoing movie that doesn’t get too deep. It only just left the cinemas and is available on Netflix.

Check out the official trailer below:

 

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