On Bluray this week from director Matthew Vaughn and 20th Century Fox is a spy group like no other with “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
This spy story begins with Harry Hart (Colin Firth) aka Galahad who works for a super-secret organization. When one of their own, Lancelot, goes down after an encounter with the leg-bladed bad girl Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), the Kingsman need to recruit.
Led by Arthur (Michael Caine), Hart is called upon to name a recruit along with other agents. Hart decides on Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a young man he owes a family debt too. Explaining what is necessary to become a Kingsman, Eggsy must go through training along with others led by Merlin (Mark Strong). There is only one position open and everyone wants it.
In the meantime Hart is dealing with Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a tech giant who may be responsible for what happened to the fallen Kingsman agent. As Hart finds out what Valentine could be up to, a plot that threatens the globe emerges.
When leaders and agents begin to disappear, Eggsy needs to adjust his attitude if he is to do what he has been trained for – to save the world!
FINAL WORD: Academy Award Winner Colin Firth as Hart is and shall always remain amazing to me. Each role is as unexpected as the last. Playing a gentleman secret agent seems a breeze for this actor. Keeping a straight face while taking on the bad guys and getting the job done was fun and I make no excuses for enjoying it. Firth’s big battle scene is bold, fast and a jaw droppingly furious.
Egerton as Eggsy is a fast talking young man who actually has a heart for his family. Doing things somewhat different than the other trainees it’s usually because he also wears that same heart on his sleeve. Relatively new to acting, Egerton has definitely made a first impression look suave and comedic at the same time.
Strong as Merlin is the wizard of all trades and trains the incoming candidates. He speaks only when necessary and everything he says has a purpose. Strong is an actor who can shift at a moments notice without you ever seeing it coming. Yes, he is that subtle. Here he is the anchor for all the characters.
Oscar Nominee Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine is the comic relief of the film. Using his villainous wiles to get everyone’s attention, and a rather unique microchip, his only goal is world domination.
Academy Award Winner Michael Caine as Arthur has a small role but it has a point. Leading a secret spy organization can’t be easy, he just make sit look that way. Boutella as Gazelle doesn’t have many lines but then again really doesn’t need them, her killer legs say more than enough!
Other cast include: Sophie Cook as Roxy, Jonno Davies as Lee, Geoff Bell as Dean, Samantha Womack as Michelle, Hanna Alstrom as princess Tilde, with a cameo by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill as Professor Arnold and Jack Davenport as Lancelot.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Kingsman: The Secret Service” four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Yes folks, I have been starving from lack of film deliciousness and I have been saved by Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Taron Egerton! Thank you kind sirs for saving me from a fate of sheer madness and cinema boredom and letting me relive the fun on Bluray!
The Secret Service is a comic book series created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Millar is known for his works that include Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and Kick-Ass. Gibbons is known for Watchmen and Green Lantern.
I have so much fun I don’t know where to begin. I laughed, my jaw dropped, I laughed more, loved the effects, jammed to the music, jaw dropped more and threw in a few ‘oh no they didn’t!’ The cast is just fantastic together, the effects are pretty snappy and when looking for a film to watch again – all of latter adds up to good reasons for me.
The Bluray includes such specials as Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed, Panel to Screen: The Education of a 21st Century Super-Spy, Heroes and Rogues, Style All His Own, Tools of the Trade, Breathtakingly Brutal, Culture Clash: The Comic Book Origins of The Secret Service and a Gallery with Behind-the-Scenes Sets and Props.
In the end — they are gentlemen spies!