Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015
Kingsman follows Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) and his mentor Harry "Galahad" Hart as secret agents based in England. Kingsman was a tailor that clothed the most influential men in the world as used its funds to form an independent intelligence agency reminiscent of MI6 or "Her Majesty's Royal Secret Service". They are up against Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) a quirky but cool billionaire who cares very much about climate control and forms a plot to "cleanse" the earth. The movie's cast is rounded out with other Kingsman agents "Merlin" (Mark Strong) and "Arthur" (Michael Caine) who are fantastically British. Kingsman is every bit a homage film to the old James Bond movies. While Daniel Craig's Bond returns to less gadgets and more practical or "realistic" approaches to technology, Kingsman returns to cigarette lights that pack plastic explosives, umbrellas that double as bullet proof shields and fountain pens that dispense poison. The "gentleman spy" returns to the big screen with a vocabulary of Tony Montana from Scarface and Samuel L. Jackson proves once again that he is the premier actor that delivers the line "mother fucker". I can't be overly critical of anything because the film doesn't take itself seriously. The fight choreography and camera work to accentuate said fights are creative, graphic and pretty damned awe inspiring. It's a silly and fun, cliche' but innovative, big, honking, action, popcorn movie and a damn good way to kick off a year LOADED with mega-budgeted tent pole movies. I used to joke about my 4 requirements for a satisfying action film: 1) A gun fight 2) a car chase 3) something exploding and 4) someone says "fuck" at least once. My requirements have been pumped through a half stack amplifier and turned to volume 11. Recommended! ~Chris Tarride
Final Rating: 3 out of 4 stars.
Scott gives it a 2.5 out of 4
Solid Action, Great choreography, Great Vulgarity(lot's of it). This is the same guy that brought us Kick Ass(which I love).
Quote from the movie: "A spy movie is only as good s it's villain." Sam Jackson was not a great villain. The lisp was distracting. Other than that, a great popcorn movie. I agree with just about everything else Chris said.