Kingsman: The Secret Service
Released: February 13, 2015
Runtime: 129 Minutes
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Samuel L. Jackson. A spy agency recruits a struggling, but promising young man into their training program while an evil tech genius tries to take over the world.
As you can probably already tell from the first paragraph, there’s nothing particularly original about the story; we’ve heard it many times before. However, does that make this movie bad? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the polar opposite of a bad movie. When I first saw the trailers to this film, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. The film looked energetic and fun, but nothing made me want to see it…until I saw it was directed by Matthew Vaughn. This guy’s filmography is pretty great. You might recognize some of his other films like XMen: First Class or Kick Ass (sorry, it’s just the title of the movie). Both of those are really fun action movies revolving around young people trying to better themselves for the greater good. This movie is the same way, and it does the formula justice.
The action scenes are very well crafted and very well directed. There are so many fight scenes that had me on the edge of my seat and are a bloody good time to watch. The dialogue is expertly written and is often humorous. The acting is also in good shape. I would complain about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance in this movie. His character speaks with a lisp and it’s very distracting at the beginning, but as the film progresses it starts to fit more with his character and it even fits the film’s mood quite well. The movie is very self aware in the best possible way. It’s constantly spoofing and paying homage to spy and espionage movies, it often makes for some genuinely funny moments. Bottom line, Kingsman: The Secret Service isn’t quite a breath of fresh air in filmmaking, but it’s definitely a good time at the movies. The film does have some pacing issues, but that’s the only flaw I can think of. Definitely check this out the next chance you get.
4 out of 5
-The movie is rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, and some sexual content
-There’s a scene towards the end of the film where sex is implied, and there’s also brief shot of nudity. Nothing too graphic.
-Cursing throughout the film including sexual dialogue.
-There are a couple scenes that display church-going people as a bunch of racist, hate mongering idiots.
-Quite a bit of bloody violence in this movie. It’s very stylized and nothing too graphic, but it could disturb some people.
-Don’t take young children to see this.
1 out of 5
Check out the trailer for Kingmsman: The Secret Service below and let me know what you thought of the film!