Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Review

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Screenplay by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn

Based on The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons

Starring:
Colin Firth
Samuel L Jackson
Mark Strong
Taron Egerton
Michael Caine
Sofia Boutella
Sophie Cookson
Mark Hamill

Running time: 129 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
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.

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My Opinion:

I’ve gone to a bunch of Oscar nominated movies so far this year (Birdman, Foxcatcher, Whiplash…). I could have gone to The Theory Of Everything yesterday but decided I needed a break from all that worthiness and went to Kingsman: The Secret Service instead. It certainly doesn’t take itself seriously and was a lot more fun than all those Oscar nominated ones. I’d rank Whiplash above Kingsman but I certainly enjoyed it more than than Foxcatcher or Birdman. Yes! I rank everything I watch HERE. Doesn’t everyone do that?! πŸ˜‰

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Kingsman is from director/writer team Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman. They also gave us the delightful Stardust (did I just use the word “delightful”?), Layer Cake & X-Men: First Class. Oh yeah, and Kick-Ass. I freaking hate Kick-Ass! So they’ve once again adapted a comic book by Mark Millar. I won’t even begin to pretend I know anything about The Secret Service comic book so this review is based only on the movie. Anyway – Vaughn & Goldman’s movies are quite varied. Which one is Kingsman the most similar to? You all probably know by now that it’s Kick-Ass crossed with James Bond (I also hate James Bond!). Yet… It works. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the excessive violence. And, yes, this thing is violent! Wow. I’m a wuss but the gore was more “comedic” than gross and some of the deaths were fantastic (especially a finale toward the end – brilliant). Oh, Vaughn is also married to Claudia Schiffer. Schwing! She’s a babe. How did he manage that??

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They’ve done a fantastic job casting this movie. I’ve never been a huge fan of Colin Firth but he’s PERFECT in this – I loved him. Michael Caine is a pretty obvious choice for his role but it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing his character. Samuel L Jackson is his usual over-the-top self but, hey, that’s what we all love about him! I also really liked newcomer Taron Egerton as the young council estate troublemaker Colin Firth takes under his wing – I can see him being in many more films after this one. It’s also good having two decent female characters – Sophie Cookson as one of the “kingsman” recruits and Sofia Boutella as the kick ass super villain sidekick with deadly blades for lower legs. Oh! And a great cameo from Mark Hamill, who was apparently named in the comic book so I’m sure fans of the comic book liked seeing him in this.

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This movie is obviously a spoof on the James Bond/spy thriller movie but it’s a great, violently action-packed spy thriller itself with a wonderful sense of humor that doesn’t stoop to an Austin Powers level of stupid comedy (hmm – that’s the second Mike Myers reference in this review). The main villain and evil plot are ridiculously fun and I loved the training of the young new recruits in order to hire the next “kingsman”. They even almost managed to make this movie non-sexist, unlike the Bond films. That is, until the “end”. Literally. (You’ll get what I mean, Mike). πŸ˜‰

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Summary:

I thought Kingsman: The Secret Service was bloody good fun. Fans of Kick-Ass and/or James Bond will love it as will, apparently, people like me who hate both of those! Just be warned that it may be more violent than you’re expecting so maybe don’t take your grandparents to it. It’s a good “buddy” flick or date movie with a girl who’s happy to watch a fun & violent action movie (I think there are more of us girls like this than you realize). Seriously – give me THIS Colin Firth over the one in those obnoxious Bridget Jones movies any day. And, yes – a guy in a tailored suit is sexy.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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**Scene After Credits?: Why do people rush out the SECOND the credits roll?? Anyway, if you do that you’ll miss the extra scene that’s only about ten seconds or so into the credits so it’s worth staying for that. You don’t have to stay until the very end, though, if you really have to pee. πŸ™‚

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34 thoughts on “Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Review

  1. I wasn’t sure how you were going to feel about this one after your hatred for Kick-Ass. Lol! I thought it was so much fun but I still think the female characters were short-changed. Sure they’re present and not just walking vaginas but there’s still zero character development.

    Oh and I totally have a crush on Eggsy!

    • Ha! I know… I definitely liked it more than Kick-Ass! πŸ™‚ Yeah… We still don’t exactly get the greatest female characters but I was just happy that, other than the princess, the two main females were FULLY clothed the whole time! Still less sexist than Bond, at least. πŸ˜‰ And maybe I’m a snob but I kind of had a crush on Eggsy too but only AFTER the suit went on. Looked good with glasses, too. πŸ˜‰

  2. I wanna seeeeee this!!! Hoping to this weekend. Now you’ve got me even more excited for it! πŸ˜€ And yaaayyy almost non-sexist stuff! Haha. Little by little…we’re getting there. Kinda. :/ Excellent work, Mutant! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Cara! I think you’d like this one okay. πŸ™‚ It’s gotta be better than that stupid Fifty Shades movie coming out! Hehe…. This movie was doing so well at not being sexist until the end…

      • Oh God. The only good thing to come out of Fifty Shades was Jamie Dornan going on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They did this game reading lines from the book in accents that was really funny. Other than that…Fifty Shades can fucking die, Hahaha.

  3. *Goes out and spends all money on a tailored suit because of this film*

    Spot on here πŸ™‚ A really good bit of fun and much more violent than I expected. *That* joke at the end was completely out of place but other than that I had really good fun with this one.

    • Lol. He looked SO much better when in a suit at the end! Looks like we agree on a movie again. πŸ™‚ Ha… Yeah… I kind of get how that joke at the end was poking fun at the Bond movies but it was a little odd. Hmm… Maybe I shouldn’t have used the word “poking”. πŸ™‚

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  5. I LOVE Bridget Jones!!!! HEY! LOL… I have been wondering about this movie. I don’t know about overseas but here it has been so hyped that it is to the point of annoyance. I told myself I would not see this, but now I kind of want to. Glad you liked it. Any other movie is much more exciting than Foxcather haha.

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