Kingsman: The Secret Service movie review

Much to my surprise, Kingsman: The Secret Service, is not just another YA movie.  I had no idea of it was a Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons adaptation of their Icon Comics book, but so it is.  Since the James Bond franchise has gotten all gritty of late, let’s take a look at the lighter touch that this flick has on the British spy film. 

I saw the trailer for this and saw a bunch of young people being trained in a competition of sorts and I yawned.  Seemed like yet another YA entry into the overcrowded marketplace… but it’s not.  And it’s not just a james bond parody, either.  There’s actually some decent writing in this flick.

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“By which I of course mean I’m going to punch you in the face.”

And the McDonald’s product tie-in wasn’t totally unbearable – in fact, I’d say it was more bearable than their food.

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That’s right – I went there.

I like seeing actors do things I’ve never seen them do before, and I’ve never seen Colin Firth beat ass, and it was actually awesome.  I’ve seen Samuel L. Jackson play the bad guy (let’s just quickly say it was in Unbreakable and never speak of this again) and I get what he was trying to do with the speech impediment, but I’m not entirely sure it works.  I was surprised to see that Taron Egerton is up to the challenge of carrying this movie (particularly since he often had to do it next to Firth and Michael Caine) and his arc through the film from down on his luck lay about to spy is a fun ride. They might have pushed the envelope a bit too far with that last gag at the end of the film, but that’s for each viewer to decide.

I like director Matthew Vaughn (screenplay with Jane Goldman) did with this movie; there’s some cool visuals and fun actions sequences, the pace moves nicely, that sort of stuff.  I guess I thought we were going to be stuck at the compound for a long time, but that sequence of the movie passed by briskly.

It’s a James Bond movie, but action comedy rather than action drama – this kind of violence works in the cartoonish way it’s presented.  If you haven’t seen Kingsman: The Secret Service, I’d give it a look – its solid entertainment.

SCORE:  8 out of 10

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