Movie Review│Kingsman: The Secret Service


Director: Matthew Vaughn // Year of release: 2015
Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson… // 129 minutes

Seen in February 2015

Synopsis (from IMDb)

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.

My Thoughts

I was disappointed. I was expecting something much more fun. There are fun elements in this movie, don’t get me wrong, but not enough. There are 3 cool scenes, for 2 hours worth of film. For a movie like this, by the director of Kick-Ass and the creator of Wanted, I was expecting to enjoy myself a lot more.
From what I understood of the plot, I was also expecting some sort of cool training montage, and I love training montages! Unfortunately, either they did a poor job at it, or they decided not to make one; I can’t even decide.

A couple spoilers can be found in the next paragraph. Highlight it if you want to read:
The movie managed to surprise me on 2 points: Colin Firth is killed unceremoniously 2/3 of the way through, and Mark Strong isn’t the bad guy!!! That was the biggest surprise if I’m honest. Because he has played so many villains, now every time I see Mark Strong I expect him to be the bad guy, traitor, or something of the sort. Definitely not the mentor.

I liked seeing Colin Firth in a more physical role, it is fairly unexpected but works very well. And the actor they cast to be the youth Firth trains was quite good. I read that the director offered the role to Aaron Johnson but he declined, and it is quite clear why; and even though I like Aaron Johnson, I thought Taron Egerton was very good in the role and portrayed it nicely. I would need confirmation of this, but it looked like he did quite a few of his stunts, and that is something that I always appreciate.
Samuel L. Jackson on the other hand… It feel like he was playing a caricature of himself. All I saw on screen was Samuel L. Jackson with a lisp, I didn’t care one bit about his villain motivations.

My rating:

This was too wordy. In a movie like this, give me funny dialogue any time, but don’t spend ages explaining the villain’s plans, you really don’t need to. I went in expecting Kingsman to become a cult favourite of mine the way Wanted did, but it was a missed opportunity. 3/5 stars.
If you want to read my first impressions fresh out of the movie theatre, go to my Letterboxd review.

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