Cert: 15 Runtime: 129 mins Director: Matthew Vaughan Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Mark Hamill, Michael Caine and Samuel L.Jackson
Manners maketh man. Do you know what that means? Then let me teach you a lesson.
Matthew Vaughan is a great film-maker especially in the comic book genre, Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class are just brilliant movies. When I saw the original trailer for Kingsman I wasn’t interested at all! The fact it was pulled back for a few months also made it rather alarming. Mark Millar’s book is the reference for this film so that and the Vaughan effect, it needed to be watched. What is Kingsman: The Secret Service about? Petty criminal Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is bright but troubled. Luckily, his father once saved the life of impeccably dressed secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Hart decides to repay the debt by recruiting Eggsy to his elite independent international intelligence organisation known as the Kingsmen. The uncouth young protege is entranced by all the amazing weapons and gadgets he’ll get to play with, which even include a killer umbrella! But first he has to undergo a rigorous training regime. And now a sinister new global foe has emerged in the form of unspeakably evil Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).
Fans of Bond and Kick-Ass are certain to love it, as through rollercoasters of action, comedy and espionage, comes a bucket of winks, references and nods to the world of spy movies. Just like the colourful, gadget ridden Bond films of the 1960’s, Kingsman is very fun to watch, with ‘wham, bam, thank-you ma’am’ style of mayhem, one- liners and bonkers soundtrack crazed all over it.Kingsman is a delightful surprise my doubts were eradicated all because of a great change of character by Colin Firth. He is a gentleman badass here and I literally couldn’t get enough of him. This is out of type for Firth and Vaughan made a great casting choice. Firth trained for six months and did 80% of his own stunts, but his general suave self remains. Taron Egerton has a great future in cinema after watching Kingsman he has great comedic timing but he also is a great action star. This is a male heavy film, but Sofia Butella brings the badassness for the girls. She isn’t a greatly developed character but she really knows how to use those legs. Sophie Cookson is the second new talent to come out of Kingsman. These two talents have come from nowhere and broken through the glass ceiling, Cookson and Egerton are stars with one film to their names, and they deserve every single piece of praise that comes to them.
Kingsman is a film that is both totally unique and its own movie whilst fully embracing its British heritage, the films marketing campaign drew strong comparisons to For Your Eyes Only artwork. The film acknowledges all of those stupid spy clichés in a way which is both knowing and clever, and then it ditches them all. The film successfully reinvents just about every stereotype imaginable in a spy film. The villain, who is always central in a spy movie, is Valentine. He is a megalomaniac who wants world domination, all standard stuff so far, he also has a lisp and is terrified of blood. That’s the kind of thing Kingsman does really well, it sets us up with the standard and transforms it to be unique. My main issues in Kingsman is that it does look rather cheap especially in the CGI department, we have a scene with mass explosions and it looks crap. It’s a well polished film but the CGI does drag it down. For a Matthew Vaughan/Mark Millar movie the lack of the bloody violence is missing. It’s more tame but I imagine it was to do with the certificate they wanted. All in all I am nit picking, Kingsman is well worth your time and money. Go now!