The Kingsman: The Secret service (Matthew Vaughn,2014)

A quick review

For me the Kingman is one of the best films I have seen this year and as someone who studies the subject, there is tough competition.  When I first sat down to watch it, I thought it would be a typical British Spy film. It was Just another James Bond.  However, my expectations were exceeded, as the spy genre turned into a comedy, action/ adventure.

When Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) is arrested for stealing a car and taking a joy ride he uses his one phone call to collect his special favour from the Kingsman. After the organisation recognises his potential Eggsy is recruited and put in training with a number of other potentials. Eggsy slowly makes his way to the top but fails at the last moment because he refuses to kill his dog.  Honestly a good thing.  However, this film would be slightly boring without a villain. Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) attempts to resolve global warming by culling the human race through a number of sim cards. Therefore, it is up to the Kingsman and the British to save the world.

The Kingsman

The Kingsman

The film is well directed and uses some of the best film making techniques there are, with the use of music reflecting one of the most famous scenes from Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992). The audience can find it difficult to feel frightened towards the massacre of 99% of the population.   The film really deserves a thumb of for use of sound. The feature length production includes foreshadowing and reputation, reflecting how a hero has achieved his goal and has become a true Kingsman. This was done exceedingly well by Matthew Vaughn with scenes completely replicating themselves. It really is a masterpiece!

Reservoir dogs scene below –

The Kingsman is hilarious from everyone’s heads exploding caused by an tiny chip behind their ear, to people being chopped in half with a prosthetic leg and to Eggsy’s POV shot of the princess’s bottom.  It’s a far less serious version of James Bond. With double the killing and double the weapons.

The film also puts across the message that no matter whom you are or your background you are able to accomplish great things and exceed expectations…… I also learned that Samuel L. Jackson sounds weird with a lisp.

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely.


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