Kingsman: The Secret Service is directed by Matthew Vaughn best known for films like X-Men: First Class (2011) and Kick-Ass (2010). It is based on comic book series, The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. It stars Colin Firth as a one of the Kingsman who identifies a South London teenager, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), as a potential new recruit for the secretive organisation led by Arthur (Sir Michael Caine).
The film gives us Eggsy’s back story as the classic troubled youth with great potential just waiting for the right man or woman to unleash it upon the world. Samuel L. Jackson stars as the villain of the piece, Valentine, who the Kingsman must overcome to save the world. If you’re wondering what film this is closest to in terms of tone just think Kick-Ass, so expect violence and swearing from the star. I think it fair to say that Mr Vaughn has a thing for blades and they are used to devastating effect in Kingsman.
I having nothing but praise for this film. I enjoyed the stylish, well choreographed, action sequences, it’s peculiar sense of humour and the fact it didn’t compromise on its vision. This was no doubt aided by the fact that I believe the film was independently financed. There are three stand out scenes in particular that involve a sky diving sequence, a fight in a church and the most original combination of classical music and on-screen action I have seen for some time. Reminded me a little of A Clockwork Orange (1971).
There are strong performances all round and Colin Firth is perfectly cast as the debonair secret agent and it looks like he’s been putting some serious work in at the gym. One small note – this is a film without a love story! It appears to be setting one up but the relationship is never more than platonic. Bravo! If I had one tiny quibble it was that there is one joke too far right at the end – I think it just falls on the wrong side of bad taste and doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the film.
In what has been a hit and miss start to the year this film was a big breath of fresh air and if you don’t mind a bit of violence and cursing I highly recommend you go out and see this film. My rating 4/5.