“Be sure to watch until the jaw-dropping end.” – REEL BRIEF.com
New to DVD rental this past week, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is the perfect stay-at-home Date Night flick.
Academy Award winner Colin Firth (for 2010’s “The King’s Speech) impressively leads this light-hearted and quite enjoyable spy thriller as British agent Harry Hart, opposite world Internet antagonist Richmond Valentine—portrayed good naturedly by Samuel L. Jackson. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a fun and entertaining action-packed spoof presented as an alternative to the more thought-provoking, stuffy spy genres such as the James Bond and Jason Bourne classics.
A large part of this movie’s success is due to infusion of raw, young talent from Englishman Taron Egerton, who plays the wannabe spy learning from his amiable, yet soft-spoken mentor–Firth’s Agent Hart. The generational gap between these two, combined with their teacher-pupil relationship, offers the audience pure enjoyment as the secretive “Kingsman” torch gets passed down to Egerton’s untested “Eggsy” character. Sexy Sofia Boutella, the Algerian-French actress/dancer more recognizable as the Nike Girl in television ads, teams up with Jackson’s lisping rogue billionaire villain to bring harm to our planet. Rounding out the film’s exceptional line-up is none other than Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker—Mark Hamill—in a small cameo as Professor James Arnold.
Director Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”, “X-Men: First Class”) smartly moves this adaption from the Mark Millar comic book series to a feverish and, often, hilarious pace–leaving no type of lethal hand-to-hand combat skills unused. Vaughn even offers several hat-tips to the Bond legacy, paying proper homage with references and ensuring the spy always gets the girl. After all, “Manners maketh man”.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content. The running time is 2 hours and 8 minutes.
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