Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service is an entertaining spy comedy, very much in the style of director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman’s previous work.
A veteran agent at a super secret spy agency is tasked with bringing in a new recruit for trials. Eggsy does not fit the profile of a regular Kingsman, but the agency has a new threat to worry about…
Kingsman: The Secret Service entertains throughout, with its brand of comedy, action and ultra violence. Based on the comic book, Kingsman has a similar feel to Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman’s Kick-Ass. Those who enjoyed the superhero film will surely admire this latest effort.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a little predictable in its plotting. Nevertheless, the film offers enough charm to maintain its appeal. Kingsman plays with spy movie conventions. at times overtly as a source of humour as well as tension. The villain eschews archetypal traits in a humorous fashion. Protagonist Eggsy is a fish out of water, and this aspect works well in the relationship he has with his mentor.
Violence in the film is so gratuitous that it loses its effect to shock; instead it becomes cartoonish. This is particularly the case with the obvious special effects employed. Comedy is intentionally derived from this over the top violence; especially in a few standout sequences. Action in Kingsman: The Secret Service is good. Matthew Vaughn directs these sequences with the right amount of frenetic energy. The soundtrack is used to good effect.
Colin Firth plays the type of character he is often associated with, however he subverts this image with action. Taron Egerton is well cast as Egsy, bringing a likeability to the character. Samuel L. Jackson is also amusing.
Kingsman: The Secret Service works very well as a diverting action comedy. Although the film does not stretch beyond this, there is little to fault overall.