Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

R  | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 13 February 2015 (USA)

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 87,959 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 326 user | 300 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Writers:

Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), 2 more credits »

Stars:

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

I had heard good things about this movie and of course Sam Jackson as a villain? That’s generally a solid choice (except for The Spirit, please don’t see that piece of crap!) This was actually my second time trying to see it, as before it was sold out and we ended up just having dinner. Plus the fact that it’s based on a comic book and the theater I saw it in served alcohol, it was an obvious choice.

Main Thoughts:

This movie starts out with a bang and some great music (Dire Straits in particular), it’s just a fun action movie that has some clever twists and some adult moments.  (It is restricted after all). Colin Firth is not who you would think of as an action hero but he pulls it off quite well. The movie does sneak in some social commentary and even made me think a little about being born into a privileged life, versus having to struggle to achieve success and overcome difficult circumstances.

The action scenes are top notch, with the only stumbling point that for an incredibly violent movie there is almost no blood. I’m not obsessed with gore by any means but when someone gets literally cut in half and there is no blood? It just bothers me. Back to the positive Sam Jackson is an excellent villain, he lends his own style to it by dresser as a rapper from the 80’s and having a slight speech impediment.

There is a nice twist that I won’t spoil and a couple of other nice surprises. I have to say that I also enjoyed Mark Hamil’s cameo, though I hardly recognized him at first. I suppose like most people I haven’t seen him in anything since Return of the Jedi, way back in 1983 and he just looks a lot different (it was over 30 years ago after all).

Final Thoughts:

I highly recommend this movie if you like action mixed in with a little comedy and a lot of fun.  I give it a solid 8/10. Of course this is not for children as it features a lot of violence, some adult language and brief nudity. Once more I have to say I loved the music here, aside from "Money for Nothing" it also prominently features "Slave to Love" to Roxy Music (Bryan Ferry), two excellent songs. Still more movies to catch up up, talk to you all soon.