FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Tonight I saw “Kingsman: The Secret Service” which stars Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Nanny McPhee), Taron Egerton (Testament of Youth, Smoke [TV series]), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Avengers), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Imitation Game), Sofia Boutella (StreetDance 2, Monsters: Dark Continent), Sophie Cookson (Unknown Heart, Moonfleet [TV mini-series]), Michael Caine (Inception, Interstellar), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back). It is directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass). It follows a street kid in London named Eggsy (Egerton) who is signed up to run a series of tests for a secret spy organization to become a Kingsman, who stop global threats. He is put in the tests by a Kingsman named Harry Hart (Firth) because he was saved by Eggsy’s father, only to be killed doing it. Once he is taking Eggsy under his wing, a global threat appears when a crazy tech genius named Valentine (Jackson) hatches a plan to kill every human on earth except for the people he chooses to save. It is up to the Kingsman to stop him.
There are two adjectives that describe this film to me: over-the-top and awesome. When I say that, I mean there is hardly anything in this movie that seems real, but yet it is great to watch. The plot is a great take on the average spy movie, adding its own twists and fun into the mix. I think what made this plot work is how lovable it is. I got frustrated sometimes over how stupid some things are, but yet I still watched in awe because I had a good time. There’s really no other way to say it. I don’t know why it is as fun as it is, but it is. With the plot came some cool characters. Colin Firth’s Harry Hart is the best character, being a pro at what he does. From the trailers, Eggsy looked like some regular punk who I would end up disliking, but he was actually a really good character. The acting was solid with the characters overall, even though I have some issues (which I will delve into later). The best part of this whole movie has to be the action sequences. They are choreographed fantastically and the way that they take as few cuts as possible is the best part. I like the flow of it, being able to actually observe the scene instead of trying to comprehend what is going on with fast cuts. The special effects are also amazing and you can definitely see that in the church fight scene, which is the best fight scene in the whole movie and possibly one of the best fight scenes of any movie. Most of the action scenes are over-the-top, but they are very enjoyable nonetheless. Now that I have stressed out all of the good things of the film, let’s get to the problems. First off is how over-the-top this film can get. Although it makes it fun, sometimes it is just too much. Mainly because with over-the-top scenes comes parts that don’t make sense or are silly. One that comes to mind is when you actually see Eggsy fight, and it is awesome, but haven’t seen him get trained to do so. You have to have some realistic factors into a film or things become very nonsensical. The second, and last, con is the villain that is Valentine. Gosh, this is a villain that you will never be able to take seriously. I never understood why he has a lisp (yes, he has a lisp) or why he was always dressed like he belonged to the streets for most of the movie. Everything he said sounded like a joke with his lisp and it can get distracting from this movie actually trying to be serious at times. I laughed at parts they wanted me to, but I also laughed at parts they didn’t. Overall, this is a very enjoyable film that is sure to be fun for everyone (that are eligible to watch it because it is rated R). It is over-the-top almost all of the time, but it is what makes most parts fantastic in its own way. I recommend anyone to check out this film! FINAL SCORE; 90%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: