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Review: Kingsman – The Secret Service

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The Kingsman – The Secret Service, is a modern take on Flemming’s James Bond. Kingsman – The Secret Service sees acclaimed British director Matthew Vaughn’s (Kick Ass, X-Men first class), tribute to the often worn spy movie genre.

Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth, is an acclaimed veteran secret agent for an international agency called Kingsman. He recruits his new protégée, in the form of young street kid, Eggsy, played by newbie Taron Egerton.

The Kingsman, stripped back to it’s core values, is an endearing film about how a leopard can change its spots, and how the underdog always comes through in the end – despite not having a wealthy bank balance or having the Oxbridge under the name belt.

Firth exceeds expectations, playing his aristocratic benevolent character to a T. Armed with an umbrella and a perfectly tailored suit; Kingsman effortlessly juxtaposes aristocratic elegance with gory exuberance, similar to Tarantino. In places, Kingsman looks like you have stepped into a tailors changing room, or stepped on to a game of Grand Theft Auto.


Parodied against KC and the Sunshine band’s iconic party song, Give it up, a bold plot development sees Firth transform a church into the scene of chaotic, garish and bloody violence. Though, I have to admit, this scene is possibly a bit too much like a video game. It’s like you’re stuck on a level – the scene goes on a little too long, which, unfortunately, prevents it from achieving its full impact.

Vaughn attributes his inspiration of My Fair Lady turned spy, just in time to come up against a twisted genius: Samuel L Jackson. Jackson is an eccentric cannon, fitted with a wardrobe of brash caps and an over exaggerated lisp, and, ironically he dislikes violence. His sleek henchwoman, Sofia Boutella, can literally cut her victims in half with her razor blade legs as Jackson’s character threatens the existence of the world’s population in a nail biting and fist punching finale.

In places, the humour falls flat, and some people may find the complete mash of classes tediously stereotyped; however underneath the violence and impressive gadgets, Kingsman – The Secret Service is an exhilarating action packed British movie that has all the components of a great blockbuster.