Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service a Gentleman’s review

Movie Review

A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that 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. - 20th Century Fox

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 main story follows Kingsman agent Galahad (Colin Firth) as he tries to look out for Eggsy the son of an agent that died saving his Life. Eggsy is a smart, physically gifted young man that has given up. He has become a rough boy so he can take care of his mother. These two become embroiled in the strategies of billionaire Valentine. Valentine plans a worldwide genocide with only his chosen people surviving.

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.


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

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