Director: Matthew Vaughn
Featuring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Age Rating: 15
Running Time: 129 Minutes
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a fun-filled tongue ‘n’ cheek box office success, taken from an acclaimed comic book, which brings together the style and grandeur of 007 films and the excitement and madness of the Kick Ass franchise.
Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class and Snatch) directs a very smart take on a comic strip, with a superb cast including Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson. Without a doubt, Colin Firth is brilliant as Harry Hart, the cool calm and collected British spy, and his supporting counterparts, newcomer Taron Egerton and British cinema great, Mark Strong are equally as impressive.
The plot follows the ‘Kingsman’, a long-standing British secret service, operating at the highest levels of discretion, straight out of Savile Row, with their suits being their armour and their umbrellas being their guns. This clever mockery of the modern day British gentleman makes the puns absolutely flawless and the infamous armoury scenes (compulsory in any decent spy/superhero film) creative yet strangely imaginable.
In brutal honesty, when I first saw the advert for this film, I was not the slightest bit interested. I saw this as another attempt at Johnny English with an all-star cast supporting it. However, my naivety meant I did not look into the director’s filmography or the age rating, and this resulted in me being pleasantly surprised. I was laughing throughout, on the edge of my seat at times, and coming out of the film with the exact same feeling I had after seeing Kick Ass for the first time: “That was epic, but what have I just witnessed?!” It truly is one of those films where the fact that it is so random and so farfetched, just makes it a joy to watch, and its release within a season full of Oscar-winning, deep and involved features, really makes it a breath of fresh air.
Colin Firth, Mark Strong and the two twisted characters of Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine were brilliant, but most of all, watch out for young Taron Egerton! Could he emulate Jack O’Connell’s 2015 BAFTA Rising Star award in 2016? I might have to put a bet down there.
Recommendation: Fun, Puns and Guns! A great watch on the big screen, but one that can easily be enjoyed just as well at home.