This archived article was written by: Josie Sue Slade
In the spirit of old spy movies, Marv Films brings the comic book adapted Kingsman: The Secret Service to life. Produced by the same writer as Kick-Ass it is guaranteed the same laugh out loud and quirky action brought from other Millar creations.
Made for the big screen by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman brings back the days of James Bond before the franchise lost its sense of fun. Though the movie is an obvious play on spy movies, the characters bring attention to the various spy elements throughout the film to show audience members that the movie is an intentional parody.
Colin Firth gives a spectacular performance through his portrayal of Harry Hart, the Kingsman secret agent. Besides Firth, the film is filled with an all-star cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine. The unknown, Taron Egerton, plays the main character Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, and shows a surprising amount of talent that doesn’t leave him the odd man out among his co-stars.
The action-filled scenes are not hard to sit through and filled with moments that manage to erupt laughter from viewers. Instead of mindless action seen in action films, Kingsman surprises with music-filled blows and a montage that utilizes a symphonic piece titled Pomp & Circumstance.
The R rating the movie is given is rightfully done. The movie is laced with enough F-bombs to make any Brit proud along with gore and sexual innuendos, the movie shouldn’t be seen by anyone sensitive to these things. The movie, however, will not overpower you with vulgarity and a nod can be given to the screenwriters on this aspect. Kingsman is tasteful when using R-rated themes.
The defining aspect of this movie is the underlying themes that teach viewers a few key lessons. From the idea that anyone can change to the idea that what you do and say matters. In the immortal words of Harry Hart, “Manners maketh man.” What words better than these can we find to live by?
Kingsman: The Secret Service wins a round of applause and a recommendation to see the film if you get a chance. You won’t be disappointed.