release date: 13 February 2015 (Canada)
run time: 129 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Comedy
director: Matthew Vaughn
starring: Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Jack Davenport, Samantha Womack, Mark Hamil, Velibor Topic, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, Geoff Bell, Jordan Long, Sophie Cookson, Hanna Alstrom
movie summary: The Kingman tailor shop is located in the heart of London. Deep in the basement of that shop is the headquarters for one of the world’s most secret spy agencies. Harry Hart/Galahad (Colin Firth) is looking for a new member of the team when the agency loses a man on a top-secret mission. When a kid of a former Kingsman asks for a favour, Harry realizes that he may have found the newest recruit. Gary “Eggsy” Unwin enters into a highly competitive training program with some of Europe’s most talented young adults. Their training goes from behind closed doors to the real world as renowned tech expert Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a device that will change the world forever.
my thoughts: I got to say thanks for clicking on my review and reading this far, but seriously close this window and go buy tickets to see this movie. Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most fun I’ve had a movie so far in 2015 and I can’t think of a movie recently where I laughed from start to finish. In a cross up between the movie Kick-Ass and the James Bond series, this movie has everything you could ever ask for in an over-the-top story about secret agents. In between every F-bomb, there’s a heck of a lot violence, killing, funny moments, sarcastic comebacks, and plenty of drama. Even when the story gets predictable towards the end, the action is so crazy and funny that you can’t help but laugh out loud while watching people die left-right-center with Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background. Seriously I don’t think I stopped laughing the final 25 minutes of the movie because I loved what I was watching.
Unlike a few people I know, I wasn’t overly excited to see Kingsman because it could have been really good or really bad. In a leap of faith, I went on opening night and couldn’t have been happier. I thought the main cast was an awesome selection of Britain’s leading men that included Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine. Taron Egerton steps into spotlight with his performance as a wise ass thug wannabe recruit. Despite how awesome these good guys are, Samuel L. Jackson kinda steals the show as the bad guy, a billionaire named Valentine. These guys will go back and forth all movie trying to one up the other in an attempt to extract valuable information about the other’s operations.
To be honest with all of you, I wasn’t expecting too much after the first couple of minutes. After a flashback and then a present day kidnapping sequence, the story didn’t give the impression of being awesome. The story really picks up steam when Taron Egerton’s character Eggsy breaks the law, calls in a favour, and is offered a chance to be a recruit. When he enters into the picture, the sarcasm gets turned up and the action is non-stop until the end. It is very believable to watch this young man dodge bullets and jump from structure to structure, but when Colin Firth’s old man Harry character manages to take out groups of people all by himself, no one in audience was holding back the laughs at how unrealistic those sequences were. The story does have many of these unrealistic moments and sequences, jammed packed with crazy murderous gadgets, because this whole story is based on a comic book and in comic books anything is possible.
my final thoughts: As of today, Kingsman: The Secret Service is my recommendation as must see movie of 2015. It doesn’t matter what day of the week you see it and how much the ticket is, you’ll be entertained from start to finish on top of getting your money’s worth. Even with an unrealistic plot, some crazy characters, and a slow beginning, Kingsman will be a hit for so many people.
my star rating: 9 out 10
imdb: 8.3 out 10
rottentomatoes: 71% out 100%
roger ebert: 2 out 4
richard crouse: 3 out 5