Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service
My Rating: 5 stars
This is probably the most fun I’ve had at the movie theater in a really long time. It’s a loud, over-the-top, wildly implausible spy story. There are lots of crazy gadgets, lots of explosions, plenty of sexy ladies, and a criminally insane super villain. It’s the way all spy movies ought to be. Eggsy, a rough-and-tumble, British youth, has found himself on the wrong side of the law. But his life is about to change when he’s bailed out of jail by the same, mysterious aristocrat (Colin Firth) who came to offer condolences after his father’s death many years ago. Now, Eggsy finds himself being recruited by a super-secret group of gentleman spies. But will he make the cut? Or will the rich, snotty, kids, from good schools edge him out?
This movie is just as silly as you’d want it to be. The action sequences are always twice as incendiary as they need to be. The screenwriters never skip an opportunity for a fistfight. And, the characters always deliver terrible puns, right on cue. Even the villains are extra wacky. Samuel L. Jackson plays a flashy-dressing, criminally insane, billionaire, Valentine. And, his bodyguard/paramour is the lithe Gazelle—the beautiful, high-kicking, martial arts expert with razor-sharp blades for legs. Killer beauty is always a favorite of mine, but this time I was particularly smitten. You can’t get much more amazing than that. And really, who can say no to that haircut? ;)
Needless to say, Valentine and Gazelle are up to no good. And it’s going to have to be the Kingsman fellows that stop him. Government security agencies are just too caught up in politics, or in the pockets of big-business to be of any help. You can’t count on them to act swiftly and competently enough to take down a motivated megalomaniac. And, even though Eggsy is still just a trainee, he’s going to have to pull his skills together pretty quickly if he’s going to help out.
I loved just about everything about this movie. I loved the music, the action, the humor, the aesthetics. And, I really appreciated that it didn’t take itself too seriously. This is a super fun movie, and it’s definitely the kind of thing you’d have a great time watching on the big screen. I saw it in a packed house, and the audience was going wild for all the silliness. I’d say it’s even worth making a special trip. I definitely recommend watching this movie. It is pretty violent—lots of limbs being sliced off, plenty of body parts exploding, hand to hand combat—that kind of thing. But, it’s all cartoonish, spy-movie violence.