Coming to theatres tomorrow 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-bladded badgirl 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 becomes 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: 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 definetly made a first impression look sauve 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.
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.
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 Mark Hamill as Professor Arnold and Jack Davenport as Lancelot.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give KINGSMAN: The Secret Service four tubs of popcorn out of five. Yes folks, I have been starving from lack of film delilciousness 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!
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!’.
In the end – they are gentlemen spy’s!