Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Imaginos Movie Review of "Kingsman: The Secret Service"

From the first trailer, this movie set some pretty high expectations and with a cast sporting the likes of Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, one could surely see why.

“Kingsman” centers on a secret intelligence organization devoted to maintaining the world’s peace and security without the bureaucracy that hinders and tarnishes the priorities of the rest of the world’s security organizations. A new threat arises and forces the Kingsmen to enact a recruitment drive to bolster their ranks. This results in the recruitment of one of the protagonists, the rough around the edges Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), one of Kingsman’s top agents. But the trick comes about in the form of the billionaire philanthropist Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and his mysterious plan to “save the world”.
Based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, this is certainly not your traditional comic book movie. But anyone that has seen any of the previous film adaptations of Mark Millar’s comics can safely expect a number of things from them; wit, cultural commentary and ludicrous amounts of violence. And while I haven’t read the comics to be able to compare it to its source material, this film does not dissappoint when stacked against its predecessors.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Director on “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class” and Co-Producer on “Kick-Ass 2”) and co-written by himself and frequent collaborator Jane Goldsman (Co-Writer on “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”), the film has that secondary production familiarity to it as well as being another Mark Millar property. However, it’s not just a fun, funny and raucous romp meant to recapture the fun and absurdity of the classic spy films of old, there’s also a surprising humanity to it as well, on the sides of both the protagonists and the antagonists. And couple that with plot twists and turns galore, it’s sure to be a fun day at the movies for everyone that goes to see it. (I’ve seen it twice!  :D) But remember that it is R-rated, so don’t expect this to be a comic book movie that you can take the kids to go see.

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