23 February 2015

Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

A gentleman spy organisation offers an unlikely young man the chance to be in the secret service, but first he has to go through a series of tests with other, much more posh, competitors. At the same time, an American technology genius is becoming a major world threat.

The Good: 

  • Great selection of established actors: Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamil and Jack Davenport.
  • Taron Egerton, who plays Eggsy, delivers a very believable character who is quite endearing.
  • There is a Pug involved.
  • Great to see such Britishness involved, including some of the humour.
  • Nice rags to riches story, with a great commentary on snobbery, self-image and climate change.
  • The mix of action and comedy will appeal to a wide range of people.
  • Great nods to Arthurian legend and some Bond satire involved.
  • Awesome female villain. I loved the fact that she was a double amputee and was also really kick-ass. It could have bad connotations though if other films run with the same concept after the Oscar Pistorius trial.
  • Follows that great trend of comics into films.
  • Great clothing selection. Honestly, the suits, the umbrellas, the shoes, even the glasses were like an extra character.

The Bad:

  • Slightly contemporary with mentions of Iggy Azelea so may not age well.
  • Can verge on ridiculous comedy in places.
  • Chavviness at the beginning may grate on some people.
  • Quite gory!
  • I am not sure about our villain. He only makes sense to a point with his motives and doesn't strike you as really being all in with his plan.

A great film. Fun to watch, very accessible for many age groups and I would definitely buy it. Very entertaining and quite thoughtful too.