Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn (Screenplay) Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons (Comic book)
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, Mark Hamill, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Sofia Boutella
Plot: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Bond Meets Men In Black Meets Kick Ass
Story: Kingsman: The Secret Service starts by showing a mission with Galahad (Firth), Merlin (Strong) and Lancelot (Davenport) where one of their own gets killed in action. Galahad trying to do the right thing informs the family which includes a child age Eggsy.
Next we find Professor Arnold (Hamill) kidnapped and attempted to be saved by Lancelot before we meet the villain of the piece Gazelle (Boutella) takes care of him. Her boss Valentine (Jackson) can’t handle blood and has been hunting down the Kingsman.
Arthur (Caine) head of the Kingsman has tasked them all to find a replacement for Lancelot and they also have to figure out what happened to Lancelot. Time to meet a grown up Eggsy (Egerton) who has become part of the gang scene in London, fitting into the generic rebel without a cause idea. Eggsy gets himself arrested but makes a phone call that was left on the medal his father earned, leading to Galahad bailing him out and explaining how he hasn’t been reaching his potential.
We see the clash in culture between Galahad and Eggsy which leads to Eggsy become Galahad’s pick for a potential replacement for Lancelot. Cue the training program where Eggsy meets a class of people who instantly look down on him because they are all silver spoon educated types, only one person can get the job in the Kingsman but how will the training go.
Valentine an overnight sensation is trying to find out who Lancelot really was and is very popular in the public image. Valentine wants to find out who the organisation really is and expose them. Galahad investigating what happened to Lancelot finds himself exposing something that puts himself in danger.
The training montage finds the candidates having to pick a puppy to keep with them as they train while Galahad recovers. Once ready to go back into the field Galahad goes undercover at one of Valentine’s galas making himself bait for his next kidnapping. Once we see what Valentine’s plan is it is up to the Kingman’s to stop his plan before the bodies build up.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on a comic book and like nearly all comic book films have made its way onto the big screen. The fact that this doesn’t have a mass following like the Marvel/DC worlds means that it can be appreciated without ruining too much of the source material for people. The story itself following the lines of the Kingsman is very similar to what Men in Black did for the film world rebel without a cause need authority to straighten them out, while it is run very much like a tongue in cheek James Bond. The brightest part of the film would be the villain Valentine, he actually has a plan that isn’t all about him getting rich, and it’s about him changing the world for what he thinks is the better. I would say this is one of the most entertaining action films in recent years and could easily be re-watched within the first week of seeing it. (9/10)
Taron Egerton: Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin born on the wrong side of the track constantly getting himself into trouble before Galahad takes it upon himself to give him a chance to join the Kingsman. Eggsy has to decide to use all his potential for good rather than falling into the wrong crowd. Taron does a great job in this role up with much bigger names in the acting world and barely looks out of place. (9/10)
Colin Firth: Galahad slick agent who takes Eggsy as his choice as a potential new inclusion in Kingsman. He is the best field agent in the business and is willing to take a chance on someone outside the traditional candidates. Colin gives us a performance I don’t think anyone thought he had in him as a kick ass action star. (9/10)
Mark Strong: Merlin the technology agent who runs the training with the potential candidates, he is an important part of the team who will always be there to help with the problems. Mark does a good job in the supporting role that is very important to everything that is going on. (7/10)
Samuel L Jackson: Valentine criminal mastermind who has a plan to make the human race reduce its own numbers all while being in the public image. Samuel does a great performance getting to over act at times for comic timing. (8/10)
Michael Caine: Arthur leader of the Kingsman who puts in the final say on who will be included as a Kingsman, as well as sets the missions. Michael does a solid job in the mentor leader role but never gets enough screen time. (6/10)
Sofia Boutella: Gazelle is the deadly hit woman and assistant to Valentine who is as deadly as she is beautiful. Sofia does a good job as the assassin who has deadly fights through the film. (7/10)
Support Cast: Kingsman: The Secret Service has a supporting cast that includes the fellow trainees who are all different in their own way, it also has the members of the government who become sided in the battle.
Director Review: Matthew Vaughn – Matthew just has the ability to make any comic book film fun and enjoyable and this is right up there with his best work. (9/10)
Action: Kingsman: The Secret Service has some of the most jaw dropping action scenes in the action genre. (9/10)
Adventure: Kingsman: The Secret Service manages to make you feel like it is actually an adventure film with the characters different location challenges. (8/10)
Comedy: Kingsman: The Secret Service isn’t a true comedy but it does have some very funny moments, it is more light hearted action. (9/10)
Settings: Kingsman: The Secret Service uses the settings well to create the atmosphere through the film. (8/10)
Special Effects: Kingsman: The Secret Service uses brilliant special effects especially with the final moments in the film. (9/10)
Suggestion: Kingsman: The Secret Service is simply put a must watch and the first this year, this is just plain fun and enjoyable. (Must Watch)
Best Part: Church Scene.
Worst Part: Hard to find one.
Action Scene Of The Film: Church Scene.
Funniest Scene: Most of the training.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: Yes easily.
Post Credits Scene: Small one early on.
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $102 Million to date.
Budget: $81 Million
Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes
Overall: When it comes to The Kingsman you better just start talking about the coolest film of the year already.