Kingsman: The Secret Service is like John Wick meets James Bond, it’s witty, its funny, and it’s action packed. Most “action” films these days are watered down PG-13 trash that show just enough action for you to know there is a fight going on but don’t show you any real action, Kingsman on the other hand is an R rated film for a reason, it’s actual action with all the over the top blood and guts you want in a real action film.
Ok yes the story is over the top and totally unbelievable, but if you can suspend your belief for this film and just enjoy a good old fashioned spy action comedy film then you can totally enjoy this film. As long as you don’t go into this film thinking it’s a Bourne film and understand it’s basically an R rated Bond film you’ll be fine, otherwise you’ll be throwing popcorn at the screen and yelling “oh bullshit” throughout the entire film, remember this is a “suspend your beliefs and just enjoy” type of film.
Just superb, Colin Firth seems to really be in his element here, he’s able to play the high class gentleman while still having knock down drag out fight scenes, in other words he was great! Samuel L. Jackson was funny and annoying at the same time, which was exactly what his character needed to be, even his lisp was perfect for his character, it was just the perfect combination of crazy billionaire and evil genius. Mark Strong always seems to amaze me, I’ve seen him play the tough guy, the weak nobody, and everything in-between and every time I can believe it, and here again he plays more of a tech guy throughout most of the film and you still believe it for every second. Michael Caine while not a huge role in the film still provided just enough snooty jerk to really push the plot along and make you root for the main character. Taron Egerton was fun to watch, and even though this was the first time I’ve ever seen his work, if he can continue to put out films like Kingsman then I would be happy to watch his films. The rest of the cast was great as well, and of course we have to give a special mention to Mark Hamill for his performance, funny yet believable.
There was a fair amount of British rap in this film along with typical orchestra music and to be honest it worked for this film, I’m not a fan of rap in general but the tone the rap set in this film worked perfectly for the scenes it was used in along with the orchestra music. The music never over powered the action or drew me out of the film, in fact I think it only drew me in more. Over all I’d say this film nailed it when it came to the music, and that’s not an easy thing to do. To many times the people behind films decide to overpower the film with music and end up destroying the film, sometimes less is more and Kingsmen gets that.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is an over all fun film, it’s not for children hence the R rating but it’s just good old fashioned over the top action and comedy that you can sit back and enjoy. I would suggest that if you haven’t seen this film yet you should, I’ll bet you’ll enjoy it! As a testament to how good I think it is as soon as I finished watching my rental copy of the film I went out and bought myself a copy and now have it in my collection forever. And if the rumors are correct and there is a squeal to this film I won’t make the mistake I made when this one came out and wait until it comes out for rental, I will go to the theaters to see the squeal.