Saturday, February 14, 2015

Movie Review ... Kingsman: The Secret Service


Kingsman The Secret Service 98When James Bond first turned towards the gun-barrel in 1962’s ‘Dr.No’, a cinematic industry was born.  Spawning mega-fortunes for most concerned, the franchise has lasted decades.  No surprise many have tried to emulate its’ success.  Some have succeeded, others have failed.  Based on a comic book ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ liberally takes cue from 007’s adventures.  Smart, clever and resolutely stylish, it is a beguiling wink to Ian Fleming’s enduring creation.

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is part of a top secret spy organisation.  Tasked with recruiting suitable candidates, he meets Gary (Taron Egerton).  A tough street kid, Gary’s roughish demeanour hides a calculating mind.  Seeing much potential, Harry begins training his new apprentice.  This can’t come soon enough when evil billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) threatens the world order.  Quickly learning the ways of espionage, Gary sets his sights in becoming an agent worthy of valour.

Having directed the first ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’, Matthew Vaughn is an expert at comic-book movies.  ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ cements his fine reputation.  Fully embracing the outlandish story’s possibilities, he revels in the absurd situations and crisply written dialogue.  There’s a confident swagger about the script without being too clever.  He is ably assisted by the actors who throw themselves into this outrageous scenario with gusto.

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ doesn’t take itself too seriously and nor does it attempt to be a ‘worthy film’. It is a straight-up thrill ride of brilliantly staged action scenes with easily identifiable characters.  The cinematography is a major plus with each scene shown in broad comic-book strokes full of colourful vitality.  Fans of Bond, Bourne and other spies will receive a kick out of the small nods to other thriller films while it delivers its own brand of secret agent hijinks.

After a slew of similar genre films not cutting the mustard, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ delivers the goods.  Fun, vibrant and exciting, hopefully others will take a leaf out of its book by remembering to add some lush colours to the usual formula.

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Movie Review Rating out of 10:  9

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