Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see Kingsman: The Secret Service before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself.
When crazy multimillionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) decides to exterminate mankind, in order to give the planet a fresh restart and repopulate it with a select group of rich people, it is up to the Kingsman secret service to stop him.
After losing one of his partners during a mission, special agent Galahad (Colin Firth) decides to enlist young troublemaker Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwind (Taron Egerton) as his new prodigy within the Kingsman service. After a hard training Gary fails to make it to the end. However, a series of unfortunate events will force him to take his mentor’s place and save the world.
Directed by Matthew Vaugh (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), and based on Mark Millar’s comic book “The Secret Service”, Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of those adaptations that would have been hard to pull off, due to the source material’s unoriginal story and dark sense of comedy. However, Vaugh once again manages to deliver an excellent film, full of action (The “Church” scene will become a new classic), twisted comedy, gore and a solid cast. Colin Firth flawlessly takes on a James Bond-like role, Samuel L. Jackson is a memorable villain, as is Sofia Bautella who plays a bad-ass assassin. Young lead actor Taron Egerton manages to carry the weight of the film on his shoulders most of the time. Moreover, the film also features Michael Caine as the head of Kingsman and we get to see Star Wars-star Mark Hamill deliver a great performance that will leave everyone excited to see him reprising his role of Luke Skywalker later this year.
Overall, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a fun ride, as well as one of the first positive surprises of the year, thanks to a great director, a solid script and a cast that was not afraid to play characters out of their comfort zone.
Kingsman: The Secret Service – In Cinemas February 5th 2015