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Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

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Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Sir Michael Caine, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

I’m not really the one for spy movies if I’m being honest. I can give or take James Bond but I won’t go mad for it (saying that, the Daniel Craig ones are amazing).  Kingsman is an exception; it’s a spoof film without going too over the top, plus, it’s also loosely based on the graphic novel written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the creators of Kickass. I’m a huge fan of Kickass but would I be a huge fan of Kingsman? Let’s find out.

Kingsman is a super-secret spy service group which operates outside of MI5. They’re not a vigilante group by any means, they work within their own boundaries but do it with a very upper class English gentleman way. They do it with class! Veteran spy Harry Hart (Colin Firth) recruits the tearaway yet promising street kid from South London Eggsy (Taron) to the company’s ultra-competitive training program. Eggsy’s father was also a member of Kingsman, he was killed in action after putting his own life on the line for Hart so Hart obviously has a debt to pay for Eggsy’s father. Hart sees a lot of potential in Eggsy but that isn’t shared by fellow agent Arthur (Caine) who is reluctant with revolving with the times believe that their old traditions have served them well.  Meanwhile, the villainous billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a plan to solve the problem of climate change which will launch a worldwide killing spree!

Fan-fucking-tastic. Loved it loved it loved it. What can I say? It was awesome, hilarious and fresh.  I go to the movies to be entertained and to escape the real world; Kingsman ticks all the right boxes for me. 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 best example of this I can give is in the opening sequence of the film. I obviously won’t go into detail as it will spoil it, but from that moment Kingsman says, “sod the past,we’re the future” and moulds into its own movie. The film then successfully breakaway from every stereotype associated with spy films. Samuel L Jackson was funny in his role, he’s a guy in his 40’s who dresses as if he’s 14, plus he has a lisp and is terrified of blood. And like all Bond movies, we have a villain with a unique gimmick. Jaws had metal teeth, Oddjob had those hats and in Kingsman, Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) has razor sharp Oscar Pistorius legs. I know next to nothing about Taron Egerton but he has a bright future. A VERY bright future! He’s such an unbelievably versatile kid capable of being funny, clever, cool, cocky, brash, physical, confident and insecure all without saying a word or moving a muscle. You’ll be hearing about him for years to come mark my words! Special mention to Mark Strong, such a talented yet under rated actor.

I can’t recommend this highly enough. When I come to do my 2015 movie of the year, this is coming to be near the very top of the list, but for now, Kingsman is currently film of the year.

Rating: ***** (Top of the pops)

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