‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Review

By Andrew Haas

Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most recent collaboration of director Matthew Vaughn and comic book writer Mark Millar, who last worked together on Kick-Ass. With no knowledge of the comic this film is based on, I saw it with fresh eyes. I hoped this movie would be good, and I was wrong… because it’s fantastic!

     A street kid named Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin, played by Taron Egerton, is recruited by a super-secret spy organization, the Kingsmen, to take part in its intense training program. While that’s going on, the secret service faces a threat led by a twisted tech genius, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

This movie does so many things right that I don’t even know where to begin. As an homage to the old James Bond films, and it does its job very well. The cast’s performances are also excellent. I especially enjoyed Colin Firth as the spy who recruits Eggsy, and there are some fun appearances from actors like Mark Hamill and Michael Caine. The action is fast, intense, and full of bloody violence, all made better by great camera work and editing. I couldn’t take my eyes off these scenes. There is a surprising death toll in this film that managed to be entertaining. The gadgets are what one would expect from a spy flick: creative, classy, and awesome when put into action. I could say more about this film, but anything else will spoil the fun of watching it.

Overall, I cannot think of many reasons why one should not see Kingsman: The Secret Service, except for those who cannot stomach blood-filled violence. Otherwise, this movie is fun, smart, action-packed, and definitely worth checking out.