Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' comic series is adapted for the big screen in this Matthew Vaughn-directed action thriller. The story centers on a secret agent who recruits a juvenile delinquent into a top-secret spy organization. Together, they battle a tech genius with diabolical ambitions. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill.
Release Date: Feb 13, 2015
Rated R for Sequences of Strong Violence, Language and Some Sexual Content.
Runtime: 2 hr. 9 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy
Kingsman: The Secret Service is the type of spy spoof that people always told me Austin Powers was supposed to be. For whatever reason the Powers movies just never worked for me as a spoof but that’s neither here nor there. Kingsman is a fun filled ride through all the spy tropes we’re familiar with done in the most gleefully and violent manner possible. Fans of Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass will find plenty to like here since its cut from the same cloth while laying down some groundwork for a possible franchise. There are hints of its comic origins here and there as the film uses colorful ways to kill people ending with a “firework” display that plays out like David Cronenberg’s acid trip. The action is top notch throughout and Colin Firth is shockingly at ease as an action star, showcased in an insane church sequence. Taron Egerton delivers a star making performance as Eggsy while Sam Jackson and his lisp makes for a fun villain whose aided by a memorable hence woman. There are a few issues here and there, the film could have been cut a tad and the much talked about joke at the end falls terribly flat even though I was expecting it. They’re hardly fatal flaws but hopefully something that will get cleared up by the time the sequel hits.