Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: the Secret Service’ is probably my favourite movie I’ve seen so far this year. And I’ve seen quite a few fantastic movies. I saw this twice in the cinema; I haven’t done that since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Maybe it’s just the announcement that a sequel will hopefully made, but this week I just couldn’t get this movie out of my head. It’s one of my favourite films.
I realise that this movie came out nearly three months ago, but this blog didn’t exist three months ago. So, here is a flashback to February and my review for Kingsman: the Secret Service:
If there’s one movie to see more than once this year, it’s Kingsman: the Secret Service. One of Matthew Vaughn’s finest, Colin Firth plays Harry Hart, suave gentleman spy who recruits Eggsy (Taron Egerton) into his elite spy force, whilst trying to take down Samuel L. Jackson’s villain, Richmond Valentine.
Put simply, this movie kicks ass.
Though the first act’s spy school setting seemed familiar, even it is more badass, and the movie kicks even further into high gear with the development of the Richmond Valentine plot in the second act. Vaughn’s penchant for violence, particularly the church scene (we all know what scene I’m talking about), is a highlight; but it doesn’t feel forced, overdone or cheap. Rather, it plays into the movie’s charm (yes, Colin Firth going on a killing spree can be deemed ‘charming’). The same can be said for the fireworks scene at the end; as Mark Strong’s character puts it, that WAS f***ing spectacular.
Colin Firth breaks through his ‘Mr Darcy’ typecasting as Harry Hart; in Kingsman, he is both gentlemanly and deadly, and the most enjoyable and funny he has been in years. Samuel L. Jackson is also brilliant, as a megalomaniac with a lisp who vomits at the sight of blood. Valentine is a refreshing villain who is hard not to love. Michael Caine and Mark Strong are excellent as Arthur and Merlin respectively, but the stand out character, by far, is Eggsy Unwin, played by newcomer Taron Egerton. Eggsy is much more complicated than the typical London lad; his fiercely loyal nature to his family and the agency, plus his badass personality, dashing good looks (I can’t be the only one who thought that) and smutty humour make him a lovable diamond in the rough. He’s not classy enough to be Bond, but that’s the point, and we love him all the more for it.
All in all, the film is hard not to enjoy. An epic cast, visually delightful, enormously funny – Kingsman is one that will be watched again and again.
You might be like me, and need some more of this epically talented cast and crew, so here are my 5 favourite movies starring the Kingsman cast:
1. Love Actually (Colin Firth)
2. X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn – director)
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Samuel L. Jackson)
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Jack Davenport)
5. Miss Congeniality (Michael Caine – it may not be his best movie, but it’s my favourite)