Review: Kingman: The Secret Sevice
Littered with loving nods to spy films of the past, it manages to feel classic and contemporary at the same time.
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Kingsman, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn’s follow up to the brilliant Kick Ass, tells the story of Eggsy, a young man who is recruited by Harry Hart, an older spy, to join the world most exclusive society of spies and take down Richmond Valentine, an eccentric millionaire and wannabe ‘super-villain’.
Based on Mark Millar’s comic series, Kingsman tonally picks up where the first Kick Ass ends. Not a parody, but not po-faced either, Kingsman is perfectly pitched somewhere in the middle. Littered with loving nods to spy films of the past, it manages to feel classic and contemporary at the same time.
If comedies are your thing, you won’t be disappointed - Kingsman is filled with proper laughs from start to finish. If you’re an action fan, you’ll love it too. One particularly brutal sequence is a supposed one-shot of a crazed Hart slaying a church full of crazy Christians - think of it like Birdman, but if Birdman was about Colin Firth mowing down some racists. And if drama’s your thing, you too have plenty to enjoy - the plotting and structure is excellent.
The performances are universally excellent, and the chemistry between the two leads (Colin Firth and Taron Egerton) is lovely.
If you’re looking for a gritty, realistic action movie, then steer well clear. But if you want a fun, unapologetically silly couple of hours, Kingsman: The Secret Service is the movie for you.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is released in the UK on the 29th January, and in the US on the 13th February.
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