Kingsman: The Secret Service, A Review

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It has been a while since I have posted to this blog. Not because I haven’t seen any good movies, I have seen quite a few. Unfortunately, life beyond the screen has been so busy that it has been a while since I had a moment to reflect and write about something that I enjoyed (The Imitation Game, loved it on so many levels but was too busy to write about it and do it justice in a timely fashion). And I surely wasn’t going to waste anymore time writing about something that I didn’t enjoy (Birdman, could sum this up in 3 words “not for me”).

So here it is, March Break and the whole family went to the theatre to see Kingsman: the Secret Service. My husband is a James Bond fan, the rest of us are indifferent to not keen; the level of interest being inversely proportional to age. However; we all walked out of this with big grins on our faces.

The story (ludicrous as it is) involves a secret spy agency, the Kingsman, which operates outside of any government. They have recently lost one of their operatives and are seeking a replacement. This is as good as any origin story. We watch a team of potential recruits get whittled down to the final candidate as they try to save the world from the evil plot of a wealthy mastermind.

This film was full of jokes and features a pug in a supporting role! That is enough for this group to forgive many of its flaws. The action was highly stylized and brutally violent (rated 14A), yet beautifully choreographed. These action sequences did not bore us and often had us laughing at the shear audacity of it all. The plot is nothing special and doesn’t really need to be. When you reach a certain age, there are very few spy or superhero or mystery plots that impress. Rather, the success of these types of genre films usually relies on the charisma of the actors, the development of interpersonal relationships and how much the audience can become invested in them. An injection of humor (cough, cough Guardians of the Galaxy) can be enough for me to throw a blind eye at glaring plot holes and cliched themes (class stereotypes for instance). I find so-called genre movies often fail to engage me when they take themselves too seriously (Man of Steel, cough, cough). No problem here, this film is very self-aware and has a lot of fun with the usual spy film tropes. There are plenty of nifty gadgets. Colin Firth is surprisingly effective as Harry Hart, the gentlemanly mentor to our working-class protagonist, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (played by new to me actor Taron Egerton). Mark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson, Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson and Michael Caine round out the strong cast. It was directed by Matthew Vaughn who is responsible for some other movies that I have enjoyed, most notably X-men: First Class, Stardust and Kick-Ass.

This film made us all laugh, repeatedly. And it had a pug (my youngest daughter’s current obsession). What more could we ask for?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kira Turner
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 08:18:13

    loved this movie and agree with all you say but additionally – and with regards to the violence – I really like the way they meshed today’s current penchant for it with old school filming techniques where you don’t really see any actual gore – just the suggestion of it. I think there is only one scene (trying not to spoiler aler it here) that shows anything. I think because of this technique it made the movie accessible to a wider range of viewers – from my mother who hates violent movies to my daughters who thought it was hysterical and to every pug loving person out there! 🙂

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    • dvdiva
      Sep 04, 2015 @ 20:48:19

      Thanks for the comment! I like your point about the violence. Although the head exploding is cartoonish it could still be a bit disturbing to some. I am glad your family enjoyed it, it seems as much as we did.

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