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Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service
01.01.2015
8 10

PLOT: A secret society of British spies recruits a streetwise teenager to help them foil the plot of a ecologically-conscious villain who intends to exact a fiendish plan that will have severe consequences for most of the world's population.

REVIEW: If you thought THE INTERVIEW had a controversial ending, just wait until you get a load of KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, which delivers a finale so wild and over-the-top that most of the audience will find their jaws sitting firmly in their laps. But that's keeping in the overall spirit of the film, which is ballsy, manic, often ridiculous and loads of fun. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar - the team that brought us KICK-ASS a handful of years ago - KINGSMAN is sure to please those who go in with an open mind and a high tolerance for R-rated comedy and violence. The prudes and easily offended among you need not apply.

Indeed, the film is basically a James Bond origin story, KICK-ASS-style. It centers around the education of Eggsy, an aimless punk (Taron Egerton) who doesn't realize his birthright is to be involved with a group of secretive super-spies called the Kingsman. His mentor is the very proper Harry Hart (Colin Firth), who feels he owes a debt to Eggsy since he feels responsible for the death of the teenager's father. Eggsy's a good kid who spends most of his days thwarting local hoodlums and attempting to get his junkie mother on the right track, but he's far from prepared for the rigorous training the Kingsman will put him (and a small group of young adults who seem far more adept at the spy game than he is). Of course, he proves to be a natural, and with the guidance of Harry, he soon literally transforms into a dapper soldier with a license to kill.

But it's possible not even the veteran members of the Kingsman (including Michael Caine and Mark Strong) are sure how to handle their latest threat, an internet mogul named Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) who is apparently responsible for the mysterious disappearances of dozens of high-profile global figures. Richmond takes the term "environmental freak" to a new level, as his fiendish Bond-villain type plan involves the systematic eradication of most of the humans on the planet. How he intends to make this happen is just one of the plot's utterly insane touches, while his failsafe to destroy any of his allies who turn against him is yet another.

Vaughn directs with tongue-in-cheek joy, as the movie (not unlike KICK-ASS) moves along swiftly with cocky assuredness in its own roguish charm. The humor fluctuates between dry British wit (thanks to Firth and Caine, both perfectly cast) and cartoonish zaniness. Sam Jackson's villain speaks with a conspicuous lisp and is prone to vomiting when he sees blood, though he has a generally chipper demeanor when discussing wiping out most of humanity. There's a distinct surreality about most of the film, but its very Britishness keeps it grounded. It's an odd mix, and yet it totally works.

The action is superb. There are several comedic action sequences that defy description, and even if the movie sometimes slips into resembling a video game, every moment has such frantic energy that it feels as if all your senses are being thoroughly walloped. There's no doubt this is a big screen experience, especially the startling and hyper-kinetic third act.

Vaughn gets such great mileage out of his spectacular cast. As noted, Firth is nothing short of perfect; he's the embodiment of classy British charm, and his deadpan delivery is the fitting counterbalance to the raucous going-ons around him. (Just wait until you see the sequence where he absolutely destroys about two dozen people single-handedly.) Jackson, who normally looks like he's having fun, no matter what the role, really shines here; his villain is thoroughly silly, but never less than completely entertaining to watch. It's my favorite Jackson performance in years. Taron Egerton is very natural and likable as the tough but vulnerable Eggsy, and he's joined by a fine young actress named Sophie Cookson as his love interest and Kingsman competitor. Oh, and it's got Mark Hamill in it. Mark Hamill.

I walked out of KINGSMAN a bit dazed, a bit weirded-out, a bit buzzed. I also had a big, stupid smile on my face, which is always an indicator of supreme good times had.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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11:16PM on 01/04/2015

Glad to see it's getting solid reviews

The wife and I are seeing this on February 14th. Luckily for me, this is her idea of a romantic date movie - not some TWILIGHT fanfic knockoff.
The wife and I are seeing this on February 14th. Luckily for me, this is her idea of a romantic date movie - not some TWILIGHT fanfic knockoff.
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7:48PM on 01/02/2015
Help me out, did I not see previews for this movie this summer? I thought it had already come out. Did it get pushed back? It looks kinda stupid anyways.
Help me out, did I not see previews for this movie this summer? I thought it had already come out. Did it get pushed back? It looks kinda stupid anyways.
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2:34PM on 01/02/2015

Glad

its getting good reviews :) all my friends think it looks stupid as hell. I think it looks utterly insane, like WANTED which is also awesome. I'm deft down for this. I can't wait to see this seriously, and SAM JACKSON looks nuts.
its getting good reviews :) all my friends think it looks stupid as hell. I think it looks utterly insane, like WANTED which is also awesome. I'm deft down for this. I can't wait to see this seriously, and SAM JACKSON looks nuts.
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6:25AM on 01/02/2015
This movie has been pre-cut for the entire world by the BBFC so that 15 year olds won't be traumatized by the violence. Originally, the film was going to receive an 18 certificate, but the producers wanted more ticket sales.

The crazy violence you'll be seeing on the big screen isn't the crazy violence you should have seen, thanks to censorship and greed.
This movie has been pre-cut for the entire world by the BBFC so that 15 year olds won't be traumatized by the violence. Originally, the film was going to receive an 18 certificate, but the producers wanted more ticket sales.

The crazy violence you'll be seeing on the big screen isn't the crazy violence you should have seen, thanks to censorship and greed.
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3:15AM on 01/02/2015
Glad to hear that the film came out pretty well, as the source material absolutely sucked ass. It was a 6 issue series that took 5 issues to even get going before it turned into a typical Mark Millar shock value-fest. It was like he took his own idea for Wanted and did the EXACT same thing but for good guys. I hated both Kick-Ass films and Layer Cake, but loved Vaughn's Stardust and X-Men, so this might be the deciding factor for me when it comes to his work. And unless Mark Hamill is playing
Glad to hear that the film came out pretty well, as the source material absolutely sucked ass. It was a 6 issue series that took 5 issues to even get going before it turned into a typical Mark Millar shock value-fest. It was like he took his own idea for Wanted and did the EXACT same thing but for good guys. I hated both Kick-Ass films and Layer Cake, but loved Vaughn's Stardust and X-Men, so this might be the deciding factor for me when it comes to his work. And unless Mark Hamill is playing himself and has the same purpose he had in the comic, it seems like a wasted effort by the filmmakers.
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10:07PM on 01/01/2015

Definitely not seeing this.

Looks lame.
Looks lame.
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9:14PM on 01/01/2015
This is the film I'm looking most forward to from the first quarter.
This is the film I'm looking most forward to from the first quarter.
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8:21PM on 01/01/2015
Seeing this next week and excited for it. Been looking forward to this one for a while.
Seeing this next week and excited for it. Been looking forward to this one for a while.
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8:13PM on 01/01/2015
Review seemed like the rating should be higher than 8, I don't think you said one thing negative about the movie.
Review seemed like the rating should be higher than 8, I don't think you said one thing negative about the movie.
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6:43PM on 01/01/2015
Matthew Vaughn sure looks like he's going all in for this movie. And Happy New Year, everybody!
Matthew Vaughn sure looks like he's going all in for this movie. And Happy New Year, everybody!
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5:26PM on 01/01/2015
What no mention of the french-arabic dancer that plays Jackson's assistant?! She certainly seems very striking from the trailers...
What no mention of the french-arabic dancer that plays Jackson's assistant?! She certainly seems very striking from the trailers...
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4:53PM on 01/01/2015
Yep, will definitely be seeing this!
Yep, will definitely be seeing this!
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4:44PM on 01/01/2015
Wow... all the trailers for this had me thinking it was another big screen adaptation of a young adult novel like a Maze Runner or something. This review just put my ass in the theaters opening night. Even though i was going to give it a shot regardless ( I love Vaughn's movies... wish he would have done Kick Ass 2) but i had no idea this was an R rated dark comedy based on a graphic novel by the same dude who did Kick Ass! Solid review that did it's job cuz now i can not wait to see this flick!
Wow... all the trailers for this had me thinking it was another big screen adaptation of a young adult novel like a Maze Runner or something. This review just put my ass in the theaters opening night. Even though i was going to give it a shot regardless ( I love Vaughn's movies... wish he would have done Kick Ass 2) but i had no idea this was an R rated dark comedy based on a graphic novel by the same dude who did Kick Ass! Solid review that did it's job cuz now i can not wait to see this flick!
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4:34PM on 01/01/2015
Film looks like a lot of fun and one hell of a ride. Really looking forward to the crazy fight scenes in this.
Film looks like a lot of fun and one hell of a ride. Really looking forward to the crazy fight scenes in this.
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