When I first saw the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service I had 0 desire to see it. First off, it appeared to be a kid’s movie. Secondly, it seemed like it would be full of awkward, cringe inducing one liners, something I absolutely despise. However, after a friend recommended it to me I figured I’d give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was fantastic. First off, it was rated R so any aspect of “kid movie” went out the window after copious amounts of the F word and the superfluously violent fight scenes. Add that to that Samuel L. Jackson as the flamboyant billionaire super villain with a lisp, alongside the always suave James Bond-esque Colin Firth as head agent Galahad and you’ve got the formula for a great movie.
Beginning with a failed mission in the Middle East in which an agent in training sacrifices himself for his compatriots including Firth, we find the man had a young son at home. Galahad returns and offers the boy a Kingsman medal with a number and tells him if he ever needs anything to call the number and give the code word. Years later, the young man nicknamed Eggsy finds himself in some trouble and calls the number. Gallahad reaches out and informs him of the Kingsman, a private secret agency tasked with saving the world from its threats free of the influence of world governments. Eggsy begins his training alongside other candidates to replace the recently deceased Lancelot who was killed on a recent mission investigating billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson). As Valentine’s plot becomes clear, a conspiracy begins to unravel as Eggsy must use his training to help the Kingsman take down Valentine.
The film was beyond entertaining and surprisingly thought out. We get enough background on the history of the Kingsman to appreciate the organization and answer our questions (i.e. who are they, where did they come from, what’s their deal?) The action sequences are wonderfully choreographed and when combined with a veritable smorgasbord of weapons and gadgets make for some intensely awesome fight scenes. The training of the new agents is also fantastic as the young men and women are put into death defying situations in which they must react in real time adding an adrenaline inducing excitement to each task. The humor is perfect as well. Subtle enough to not be too in your face and cliché but over the top at just the right times; Samuel L. Jackson is superb. Overall, the film was immensely entertaining and something I would most certainly watch again. It felt like a mash up of James Bond, Harry Potter, and Kill Bill with super cool spy gadgets and copious amounts of obscenities. What could be better than that?