Ever since the franchise was rebooted in 2006 with Casino Royale, I just can’t seem to get into James Bond films like I did when I was a kid. That’s not to say they aren’t bad. I just think they didn’t need to make Agent 007 all dark and gritty. The lighthearted atmosphere of the older films is practically gone and James Bond has become… more realistic. I do wish there was a secret agent film that harkens back to the simpler times.
Well, there is Kingsman: The Secret Service.
If you haven’t watched Kingsmen: The Secret Service as of yet, don’t worry; this will be a SPOILER FREE review.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is the story of Eggsy, a gifted but troubled youth. When Galahad/Harry Hart (played by Colin Firth) asks Eggsy if he’s interested to train to become a Kingsmen, a secret organization of spies unaffiliated with any country, Eggsy jumps at the chance. Meanwhile, billionaire “philantropist” Rich Valentine (played by Samuel L. Jackson) hatches a plot to save the world from global catastrophe… but will need to break a few eggs to do it.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is brought to us by the team of Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn. The duo previously worked on another comic book film, the extremely violent (for its time) Kick-Ass, which was quite spectacular. While Kick-Ass kind of spoofs the vigilante superhero comics, Kingsman: The Secret Service draws inspiration from classic spy movies, such as the aforementioned James Bond films. But do they manage to create movie magic again with this film?
Short answer: Yes. Undoubtedly, yes. Kingsman: The Secret Service is an awesome film and a blast to watch. The film manages to distill the pure joy and wonder of watching a old-styled Bond film. And I love it.
From the film’s start until the end, Kingsman: The Secret Service grabs your attention and shows you why the classic James Bond films were great. Megalomaniac villain with a plan to take over/destroy the world? Yep. Henchmen (in this case, henchwoman) with some sort of specialize weapon? Affirmative. Sexy female that our spy hero needs to rescue and bed by the end? Well, you have to wait and see… but she’s in there.
I also do have to mention how they featured the gadgets. I mean, what’s a super-spy movie without them? Thankfully, Kingsman: The Secret Service features a lot of secret spy gear! From lighters disguised as grenades to umbrellas that shoots various projectiles, this movie’s got them all! Oddly enough, the only thing missing is the fancy spy car. Maybe in the sequel?
The film is never dull. The film nevers goes too fast that things will fly over your head and it also doesn’t slow down where things get boring. Matthew Vaughn somehow get everything to move things along at decent pace, striking this perfect pace. Also, just when you think the film is too predictable, Kingsmen: The Secret Service throws in a twist or two to keep the viewer on his/her toes.
But I’m guessing they’re already going to be paying attention to what going on the screen because of the great action scenes! Every action set piece, from the simple ones like Eggsy parkouring to escape a group of thugs to the huge ones like the climactic battle, is just something to be seen. Also, you wouldn’t think Colin Firth could pull of a decent fight scene but he actually does two in this film! I do wish they didn’t use “shaky cam” during the fights but it never distracts from the fight and you can see all of the action fairly clearly.
Speaking of Colin Firth, he does a phenomenal job in the role of gentleman super-spy. In fact, pretty much everyone in the main cast is incredible in their roles! Casting Samuel L. Jackson as the eccentric Rich Valentine was a stroke of genius as he puts his own delicious spin on classic Bond villains. I hope the unknown Taron Egerton (the guy that plays Eggsy) gets more film roles in the future because of his performance in this film.
I can’t really think of anything I disliked about Kingsmen: The Secret Service. It’s an incredible action movie and is a great tribute to the old Bond films. Like the films it’s paying homage to, I hope to see more Kingsman films in the future.
Have you seen Kingsmen: The Secret Service? What did you think of the film? Let me know in the comments section below!