The months January, February and March are usually the worst months in the film world. Known most commonly as the graveyard shift these months usually bring out the absolute worst Hollywood has to offer so if something good comes out it’s usually a sigh of relief. Luckily, Kingsman: The Secret Service is more than good, it’s bloody amazing. Is Kingsman the coolest movie ever made? possibly. The story is this: A spy organisation recruits a young unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Starring a largely british cast of: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamil and Samuel L. Jackson, Kingsman can be best described as Kick-Ass meets James Bond and since the film is based on the hit comic book from Mark Miller, the same guy who wrote Kick-Ass it’s not really a surprise he panned it out that way. But really, Kingsman is a stylish, entertaining, marvelously constructed and gripping action movie that’s stupendously enjoyable to watch. Matthew Vaughn has proven himself to be more than a capable film-maker with Layer Cake, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, here however he is at the top of his game, directing fast-paced action with the utmost precision. The script is equally tight, witty and humorous.
On the acting front, Colin Firth gives a particularly ‘kick-ass’ performance as spy Harry Hart while newcomer Taron Egerton gives a breakthrough performance as Eggsy. Michael Caine and Mark Strong are also good in their supporting roles. The film itself feels very much like a tribute to James Bond movies, there are multiple references and very much of the movies seems like a James Bond movie but in many ways it isn’t. Samuel L. Jackson plays a very Bond-like villain, Richmond Valentine, like most Bond villains he has both an evil plan and a weird name, however isn’t really that effective as the antagonist mainly because he’s too comical but I suppose it’s how he was meant to be.
In conclusion, Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of the most awesome and enjoyable films I have seen in a long time. It’s a thrilling, entertaining and gripping spy movie that’s full on action and comedy. It’s a fun movie, one of the best of the year that most definitely deserves your time.