How many do you love espionage movies? The classic and current James Bond flicks? The Jason Bourne movies? I know many fans that are in love with the genre but have you ever notice how serious and dark they are becoming nowadays? Yes, ever since the Bourne flicks and Casino Royale in 2006, spy movies steered away from being the ultra-silly Bond movies of yesteryear but now, one movie today is trying to prove that it can be silly and fun while still being a Kick-Ass flick…….and yet it comes from the director of Kick-Ass.
And like that movie, the original source is a comic book by Mark Millar (who also did the Kick-Ass comic book and interesting fact, Vaughn was involved with writing the Kingsmen comic) and there has been some good reception on the comic book as well. I wonder if the movie can do the same.
It tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that 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.
And once again, the talents of Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman delivers…….like in Kick-Ass, I was instantly in awe of the movie from beginning to end. The action is extravagant and so fast-paced that you don’t want to take your eyes off it and thankfully, the action is well-shot in its heart-pumping motion that keeps your interest in hand. Plus, you can definitely say from those scenes, Vaughn and company wasn’t going to have a watered-down PG-13 version of this. One flaw out of this is that some CGI does stick out like a sore thumb and you can definitely tell it from the shots. Oh and this one action sequence…..I’m not spoiling things for you but let’s just say Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd never sounded so sweet and satisfying.
As for the story and its plot itself, it was rather fine. It does pay homage to the spy genre and while it does have some silly old-school James Bond moments in there, it doesn’t become too foolish and it shows some consequences of those actions. Hell, something like that happened in the first few minutes of that. I will admit that the first act is a bit rushed with the main character Eggsy and what happened with his dad. It still has a presence throughout the movie along with Eggsy’s development as a character. Like Moses from Attack the Block, you think he’s just some punk kid asshole but in the end, you start to actually care for this character and honestly, he’s more of an interesting lead than Kick-Ass in his own movie. It also helps that unknown Taron Eggerton (damn, dem Eggs) give a good performance and he gets you invested in the movie.
Now, Colin Firth……this guy is a badass in the movie!! You never would have thought this guy, who is usually in a lot of British dramatic movies can kick some ass and be a gentlemen at the same time. His character Harry Hart was a force to be reckon with. Samuel L. Jackson’s Richmond Valentine (Now I know why they move it to February, HA!) oozes with this eccentric vibe from him and he doesn’t feel typecast as mainly himself but more into being this mix of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Tyson and Russell Simmons. (Look at the way he’s dressed. I see some Russell Simmons in that fool and Mike Tyson, too, which explains the lisp.)
All the other performances from Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill gave out their best performances as usual and I do like the additional female characters from Gazelle, Valentine’s assassin with prosthetic blades for legs, played by Sofia Boutella and Roxy, one of the fellow Kingsmen candidate and a friend to Eggsy (and nothing more than a friend….don’t worry, there is no love thing happening between the two of them), played by Sophie Cookson.
FINAL VERDICT: Kingsmen is an energetic action flick that gives respect to the spy genre in a fun and compelling way that it desperately needs without going too overboard and nonsensical. From its plot to its action, the movie offers a lot for audiences that are craving for a good movie, especially around the start of the year.
The Secret Service got a high pass from the Blue Hybrid as it gets a….
8.5/10 – Low FIRST CLASS
This has been MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, the Kingsman of the Hybrid One.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE – courtesy of TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX