Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: the Secret Service tells a story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
I’m still trying to process this one, lol. Sorry this review is a bit disjointed.
Kingsman reminded me of Men in Black a little – the non-alien, British version, of course. It also was much, much, MUCH more violent that I was expecting.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is about a secret spy agency that is off of everyone’s radar. The structure of the Kingsman seems to be based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table: each agent’s code name is that of a famous Round Table knight and the leader of the group’s codename is “Arthur.” Like the Knights of the Round Table, the majority of the Kingsman/potential recruits are nobles – except for the MC, Eggsy.
I felt Kingsman was much too long and unexpectedly violent while still trying to be slightly comedic but serious at the same time. The mash-up didn’t quite work for me. There’s an extended
massacre action scene that made me close my eyes because of the sheer violence of it all – and I like violent action movies. But this was a bit too much.
Samuel Jackson plays a megalomaniac billionaire who has a lisp and wears a baseball hat – and reminded me of Russell Simmons of Def Comedy Jam fame. I kept expecting him (Jackson) to say “Thanks for coming out, God bless and goodnight.” LOL! Honestly, the lisp was funny a few times but also started to pale as the movie went on and on. It also made me question why the show went with a Russell Simmons vibe – you couldn’t miss the reference if you’ve ever watched Def Comedy Jam. Jackson’s character was clearly modeled off of Simmons.
The plot for Kingsman was incredibly silly and thin – even thinner than John Wick (which was a better movie). By the end of the movie I had so many continuity questions and plot questions, etc that I left thinking…this should have gone straight to DVD/Netflix. Honestly, it would have been a better movie if I was at home with a remote. O_o
I didn’t care for the characterizations for most of the (few) women in the movie – although Sofia Boutella played a pretty good beautiful badass. The scene with the Princess at the end… O_O WTF? Seriously? And WTF happened to Eggsy’s mom??
All in all, there were some good parts, some great action scenes and a lot that should have been left on the cutting room floor. I would watch a sequel. On Netflix. But I am known for liking bad movies if they have good action scenes…so take that for what it’s worth.