There are a lot of spy/thriller/action films franchises right now, from Bond to Bourne, hell, even Mission: Impossible, so there are a lot of options out there for films to watch, but it is nice every so often to get something new and maybe a little off the wall, and that is essentially what we got with 2015’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, an adaptation of the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book series.
Giving us two concurrent story lines that at times cross into each other and then at the end mesh into one giant free for all, ‘Kingsman’ gives us, in the immortal words of Monty Python “something completely different”, and somethings that, while not perfect, at least something that works well.
Featuring Academy Award winner Colin Firth in one of the two main roles for the film and relative newcomer Taron Egerton in the other main role, ‘Kingsman’ is a relative 21st Century-millenial take on many spy tropes in film, all while paying homage to the grand-daddy of them all in James Bond.
Firth does an admirable job as the seasoned veteran trying to repay his debts while Egerton shows some youthfulness as the twenty something who is throwing away his potential until one final wrong step pushes him back onto the right path.
‘Kingsman’ also features Michael Caine in a bit of a throwaway role as the leader of the organization, but also features Samuel L. Jackson in a hilarious, scene-chewing role as the proverbial big bad. While the premise of the story may be a tad over the top, Jackson tackles it and makes the film all the better for it. The film also gives an interesting role to Mark Strong, one that almost seems as if it was written specifically for him.
Once you get past the overt British-ness of the film and its setup, the stylized action scenes are different enough to hook your attention while also delving into the meat of the main story and the recruitment arc all at the same time.
In the end, ‘Kingsman’ is an enjoyable romp, one that isn’t perfect due to the way in which it was filmed but one that overcomes that with enough laughs and action to satisfy most viewers.
For the new review system, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ nets a solid 3 1/4 mind altering SIM cards out of 5.
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