Kingsman: The Secret Service is a modern spy film based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ 2012 comic series, The Secret Service. The movie follows Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a British spy organization called the Kingsmen. Years later, Eggsy, who is on track to spend his life behind bars, is recruited to be a trainee in this secret organization by his father’s friend, Harry Hart (Colin Firth). During this process, a plot to start a worldwide killing spree orchestrated by Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is uncovered, and the Kingsmen must stop him before it’s too late. Kingsman: The Secret Service is a great spy movie that really calls back to the old Bond films by not taking itself too seriously, but is still able to bring the action and drama that you want from a this genre. The cinematography was impeccably done, with shots ranging from high in the mountains to the dirtiest corners of a British apartment complex. I really enjoyed Colin Firth as Harry Hart, Eggsy’s mentor. He plays a great gentleman spy, and the action sequences that he’s in are great. I really loved Samuel L. Jackson’s character; as someone who doesn’t particularly like seeing violence, it’s really a step away from spy villains that enjoy violence. Samuel L. Jackson brings a great performance to the character; even with a speech impediment, Valentine seems threatening. The character I found most entertaining was Valentine’s right hand woman, Gazelle (Samantha Boutella). Both of her legs have been amputated, but she gets better metal feet with blades in them. The fight scene between her and Eggsy is really well choreographed. Taron Egerton as Eggsy was a good choice, but I felt like he looked better in a suit than he did in the sweatshirt and baseball cap. This may have been deliberate, but I felt that he really didn’t sell the underprivileged kid angle as well as he could have. When he starts interacting with the other Kingsmen and Colin Firth’s character, I thought that the movie really picked up. Compared to the other candidates, he seemed out of place, like he should have been. The only gripe I have is that I couldn’t tell how old he was supposed to be, because he looked like he was seventeen but had apparently dropped out of boot camp. When I saw the advertisements for this movie, I expected more of a teen spy movie, but I was pleasantly surprised when it didnﾕt fit into that category and fell nicely next to an old-school super villain spy movie. Having only seen this movie and not read the comic book, I am really excited to pick it up. Hopefully, the humor and action of the movie is also in the comic. If youﾕre looking for a movie to go out and see, I definitely recommend Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.