Kingsman: The Secret Service: Movie Review
Part serious, part funny and definitely, definitely quirky, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" knows what it is and knows how to flaunt it all too well. While it features predictable and all-too-tired elements from older spy films, it has the perfect balance of comical dialogue, over-the-top gore and massive action set pieces that truly satisfied us and left us craving for more. There's no denying that "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is a looker and one film that we found extremely fun to watch.
Suave veteran agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) feels responsible for the death of Gary “Eggsy” Unwin's (Taron Egerton) father. As such, he feels he owes the man a debt and decides to lead and train Eggsy as his protégé into the world of espionage. This is no easy task as Eggsy is easily on the fast track to disaster in the way he’s growing up. Harry still rises to the challenge - to hopefully mold Eggsy into "Kingsman" material.
You know an action film is beyond great when you have a hard time picking out your favorite action scene. "Kingsman: The Secret Service" just gave us this huge conundrum. Almost every fight scene was spectacularly done with huge set pieces, quick yet crisp camera work and hilarious scenarios. One was even inside an all White Baptist Church which we won't spoil what actually happens. The film is extremely brash, rash and preposterous - just like its lead character Eggsy - but it is also damn enjoyable. If you find James Bond all too serious at times and Austin Powers just too comedic to be taken seriously, then Eggsy is the perfect balance of both. This is also the same case for the film. It features an over-the-top villain with a comical spin on how he will change the world yet still feels grounded and real. Acting-wise, we couldn't ask for more from the cast although we did feel Samuel L. Jackson was a little bit of a disappointment. It also doesn't help that the film is rather predictable. Featuring the usual suspects from older spy films. But really, minus the generic story, everything else is creative and fun.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- crisp and quick camera work
- huge and quirky action sequences
- it's the perfect balance of comedy and serious action
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story is generic fodder
- Samuel L. Jackson feels miscast
Labels action, British, Colin Firth, comedy, Kingsman, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, movie review, Samuel L. Jackson, Sofia Boutella, spy, Taron Egerton, The Secret Service