Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn
Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine.
This movie adaptation of the Mark Millar – Dave Gibbons comic (co-plotted by Vaughn) has a lot going for it. Strong cast, comic timing and fantastical settings. Underpinned by Millar’s stock in trade themes of the unlikely hero being thrust into an unimaginable new world (previously explored in Kick Ass and Wanted).
Kingsman: The Secret Service works well as a parody of the superspy genre with James Bond, it’s chief reference point, of course. The fact that Firth is simply delicious as Kingsman Harry Hart, in what is possibly his first (and probably not last) action-adventure role. Jackson, Strong and Caine do what they do best even if Egerton (as Eggsy the aspiring Kingsman) is merely adequate.
More fantastical and campy than the fairly realistic comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service cannot in any way be taken at anything more than face value – with its campiness sometimes threatening to derail the impact of the movie altogether. Not Vaughn’s best work – especially after the high standards set by Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class – Kingsman: The Secret Service is at best, a light-hearted spy romp.
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