|A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.|
I was privileged to be invited to the first screening of KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. I was not sure what to expect. The trailers looked good. Unfortunately memory of the movie abortion THE AVENGERS (1998) kept me from buying in. When I reference THE AVENGERS I do not mean the Marvel AVENGERS. I am talking about the subpar Avengers movie starring Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes. That movie almost destroyed my love of the nineteen sixties TV show. If you liked that sixties spy story style then this updated version of the gentleman spy should be right up your alley.
THE KINGSMAN has it all; slightly campy pop references, a lisping megalomaniac villain played by Samuel L. Jackson, a beautiful deadly femme fatale (Sofia Boutella), gadgets galore, scores of cannon fodder for action scenes, an anally inclined European princess (Hanna Alstrom), and one of the best no holds barred fight sequences ever put on film. I hope I did not give too much away.
See KINGSMAN in the theaters! It is worth the money.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Stars:
Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine
Colin Firth as Harry Hart (Galahad)
Michael Caine as Arthur
Taron Egerton as Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin
Sofia Boutella as Gazelle
Mark Strong as Merlin