This week on “Justin Hall At The Movies,” I’ll be reviewing Colin Firth as he gets his inner 007 on “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
Movie Review Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service is 2015’s first memorable, enjoyable film. It may sound like a title with a wink, wink demeanor and it plays itself that way for most of its running time. Not to mention it has some of the most off-the-wall action and tongue in cheek humor I’ve seen in a long while. And that’s saying something.
Colin Firth stars as Harry Hart working for the Kingsman, which is a series of international spies located in England who are now recruiting a new generation to follow in their footsteps. Michael Caine costars as the leader of the Kingsman and together try to bring a troubled young man named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) into the fold.
Eggsy undergoes that typical movie training along with other recruits to test their intelligence and their abilities. Some tests may have to deal with teamwork; others may have to do whether or nor Eggsy can shoot his pug in the head.
Samuel L. Jackson stars as the villain Valentine who has a Mike Tyson-like lisp and wants to rule the world by inventing a device that makes everyone go psycho and turn on each other.
Director Matthew Vaughan really loves upping the ante especially in the violence department. Based on a popular comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service features one utterly outrageous action sequence after another complete with enough irony, wit, and imagination that would make Quentin Tarantino jealous.]
Firth, Caine, and Jackson deliver performances that are mostly winking at the camera during certain moments, but they play it straight at the same time.
This movie might subvert the spy genre in the same sense that the first Kick-A did for the superhero genre. This movie was much more clever and funny that it should be and I hope that it’ll be the first of a series of movies. Kingsman is terrific entertainment. Grade: A-Rated R for strong violence, language, and some sexual content.)
Until next time, White County, this is Justin Hall saying I’ll see you AT THE MOVIES!