Last night I attended the premier of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Yes, I went to a movie based on a British comic book. The Kingsman tells the story of a super-secret gentleman 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.
Licenced to thrill, Kingsman is almost a love-letter to the James Bond films. It’s not a parody, like Austin Powers, but a clever homage to the franchise combining 007 with Men in Black with an edge. Fans of both movies are certain to love Kingsman with all the rollercoasters of action, comedy and espionage, complete with a bucket of winks, references and nods to the world of spy movies. And just like the colorful, gadget ridden Bond films of the 1960’s, Kingsman is great fun to watch, with ‘wham, bam, thank-you ma’am’ style of mayhem, and one- liners to take home.
Portraying the lead character of ‘Eggsy’, Taron Egerton, proves to be an outstanding newcomer as he brings the character to life with an energizing street vibe with a glimmer of gentleman within much like a young Will Smith. Alongside, and tackling the role as gentleman mentor, is Colin Firth like you have never seen him before! In fact, Colin Firth worked out for 6 months to get into shape to portray Harry Hart, and performed 80% of his stunts. Samuel L. Jackson was fantastic as an over-the-top, fun to watch as the villain with a lisp.
Please keep in mind Kingsman is rated R for sequences of strong violence and amazing martial arts set to music that should make the Matrix franchise jealous, some language throughout and a bare female bottom at the end.
I can safely predict Kingsman won’t win any major awards, but I can guarantee that you will be entertained from start to finish by this original throw back to the old spy movies.
Fun trivia about Kingsman: The black designer bulletproof umbrella Harry uses was nearly a reality. Back in 1978 Bulgarian author Markov was assassinated by poisoned pellet being shot from an umbrella developed by the KGB.