Spy movies have been around since the beginning of film. It has been a genre that intrigues many with its’ witty dialogue and its’ quick paced action scenes. As with every genre, a movie will come along that will add a fresh twist on it all. Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service did just that.
It’s got everything you could ask for in a spy movie: ingenious gadgets, suave heroes, megalomaniacal villains and deadly henchwomen with blades where their legs used to be. It’s quirky, funny and very violent – and frankly it’s the most fun 007 has been in years.
Colin Firth, who is best known for his roles in historical dramas (The Kings Speech; A Single Man; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) showed that he is capable of taking on the ‘action – lead’ as Harry Hart, a notably agent part of this international intelligence agency. They are always impeccably dressed, gents who are also trained to kill to “preserve peace and protect life.”
A fairly new face to Hollywood, Taron Egerton is “Eggsy” Unwin, the mischievous teenager who eventually ends up joining the ranks of the Kingsman. A cunning, lisp-y billionaire whose plan is for world domination is played by none other than Samuel L. Jackson. Michael Caine is also part of this cast, playing the Kingsmen’s leader. Not to forget, Sofia Boutella, an Algerian born dancer made an appearance as the villainess Gazelle, who slices up foes with her sharp prosthetic feet.
The thing that stuck out the most for me was definitely the action. It was super stylized, frenetic and extremely violent. Director Matthew Vaughn was able to capture the intense moments, and kept the camera moving, shaking about and bobbing as well as speeding up and slowing down. This created a wonderful dynamic and balance of visual intensity as well as chaos.
The comic book fans will eat this movie all up, but mainstream audiences will find it equally as enjoying. From its jabs at politics, celebrities, meta spy – movie satire as well as a plot full of hilarious British humor, there is something to amuse everybody. It also brought up criticism of our environmental state and satirized our pop – teen culture.
This may all sound like a fun spy adventure for the kids; however, be warned that it is rated R for a reason. The violence in the film could be shockingly graphic for those who do not expect it even if it stays comical. Some jokes were obviously targeted towards an older audience but they go into sensitive subjects, leaving the possibility of offending people. I am not saying it’s unbearable, take this as a sort of heads up of what you are going into.
Just being plain entertaining and unique makes Kingsman: The Secret Service a delightful experience for fans of the old school espionage genre as well as people who are just looking for a movie with an engaging plot and mind blowing action. Matthew Vaughn once again proves what he is capable of delivering and he has really outdone himself this time. Now all I need is one of those bullet proof umbrellas!