Kingsman: The Secret Service- A Review

Directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine and Mark Strong.

Kingsman features Colin Firth (Galahad) and Taron Egerton (Eggsy) in a unique spy movie that will leave you largely satisfied, providing great laughs throughout. The Kingsmen are a top-secret branch of Britain’s secret service, providing the deadliest gentlemen to walk the streets of London and the world. The Kingsmen bring Gary “Eggsy” Unwin into its ultra-competitive training program. His resolve as a global threat is tested in the form of a twisted tech genius (Samuel L. Jackson).

Mark Strong in an interview said, “This will be to Bond what “Kick-Ass” (2010) is to superhero movies”. Kingsman provides a subtle satire of spy movies, keeping the majority of it serious while bringing in dark humour and intelligently written quips. Aside from the humour displayed in Kingsman, the effects used are very good- presenting a different representation and experience of the fights that take place. This makes it a more enjoyable action movie than a high budget script containing 75% gunshots and explosions and only 25% content, such as “Rambo” starring Sylvester Stallone. Kingsman creates an ultra-violent, foul-mouthed James Bond movie with a Men In Black aspect to it. The combination of these two feels brings an excellent film together.

Matthew Vaughn brings together a great cast of British actors who bring to life the image of “London Gentlemen” in Firth, Caine and Strong. They make their characters tangible and recognizable whilst providing great performances. Aaron Egerton, with very limited experience on the big screen, provides a very good representation of the street kid “Eggsy” and must be recognised as an excellent addition to the film. Every good spy movie is not complete without a fantastic villain- whether that be chilling, terrifying or insane. In fitting with this movie, Samuel L. Jackson brings forth a hilarious tech genius (Valentine) who has you endlessly entertained with his unique lisp (which he added) and dress sense as well as dialogue and actions. For me, Samuel L. Jackson transforms this movie from being good to great, and he should be recognized as doing just that.

Within my reviews I enjoy giving interesting facts about the movie, so here they are for “Kingsman: The Secret Service”:

– Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise and Idris Elba were considered for the role of arch-villain Richmond Valentine, but Samuel L. Jackson was instead cast.

-Director Matthew Vaughn Withdrew from directing X-Men: Days of Future Past in order to direct this movie.

-Colin Firth did 80% of his own stunts according to stunt coordinator and second unit director Bradley James Allan. Collin Firth worked out for six months to be in top fighting shape and physical form in order to portray his character.

-Finally, Samuel L. Jackson claimed in an interview with the Guardian that he based his lisp on Jonathan Ross, the Chat show host in Britain. He said “I Stuttered when I was a kid. People laughed at me when I talked. Smart people.” He goes on to say that Jonathan Ross, whose wife Jane Goldman Co-Wrote the screenplay for Kingsman became a model for his character’s lisp – “I remember the first time I met Jonathan Ross on TV, and even I was distracted by his speech impediment,” he said. “I spent more time dealing with that than talking to him.”




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