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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is from director Matthew Vaughn, director of great films such as my two favourites ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’, which tells the story of Eggsy who wants to do more than stealing, he wants to do something good with his life, and so happens to meet up with Harry Hart (Colin Firth) who has sworn to protect his family after Eggsy’s father saved his life. From there, his world becomes a James Bond film, set in reality.
What ‘Kingsman’ does right is over-the-top entertainment, and the movie knows it. The direction is brilliant, with ravishing sets and well-stylised choreographed action sequences. Vaughn presents ‘Kick-Ass’ style of action, both stylised and choreography of the exciting action scenes, but takes the action in that film and goes over-the-top, in a fun and sort of surreal way. The way the film’s action is captured is a mix of ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ and ‘The World’s End’, which are both directed by Edgar Wright, and after seeing this film, both directors share similarities in terms of story and action.
The acting is great, and one of my favourites so far this year. Colin Firth is excellent as secret Kingsman spy Harry Hart. Samuel L. Jackson is both terrifying and hilarious as the film’s villain Richmond Valentine. Taron Egerton’s character, Eggsy, and acting impressed me, as his character grew in the film to become the film’s interesting main protagonist. Also, Sofia Boutella did a brilliant job as Richmond Valentine’s henchman, Gazelle, while didn’t have much character development like the other characters in the film, Sofia Boutella still brought a great acting performance to the film, who could have been a forgettable henchman, but thankfully isn’t. And may I add, the film works with incredible chemistry.
‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is at times a fun, spy film, but it is also a non-stop entertaining film, filled with great acting and action-packed sequences. It is a lot of fun, but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.