Kingsman: the secret service review

You’ve sầu never seen dapper British spies be as bad as they are in Matthew Vaughn’s ribald, firmly R-rated new action-comedy.

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Forget Fifty Shades of Grey. The truly shocking movie opening this weekkết thúc is Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, a hyper-violent live-action cartoon about a dapper British intelligence agency stopping Samuel L. Jackson from killing almost everyone on the planet. It’s a comedy, và it’s a funny one, but if you’re squeamish about senseless death & bright-hued gore, you might want lớn steer clear. Like Vaughn’s teeny-bop killfest Kick-Ass, Kingsman is a riot of crunching, gnarly violence that’s meant to lớn shoông xã the system into a kind of giddy hysteria.

And it works! Well, it worked on me, anyway. Kingsman has a spastic verve that turns what could otherwise be gratuitous and rude into lớn an act of spunky bravabởi vì, like it’s making good on a dare. I’m surprised they got away with some of it. Which isn’t, I hope, lớn oversell what is in other ways a fairly straightforward action-comedy. While Kingsman has flair for days, it’s also a traditionally entertaining secret-agent caper, coupled with a training/academy narrative sầu that’s vaguely reminiscent of Top Gun or G.I. Jane or any of the myriad other movies about tough folks getting even tougher.

The film stars newcomer Taron Egerton as a chav-y street kid named Eggsy, raised by a single mum và her string of lousy boyfriends, now messing around & doing petty crime in his scrubby corner of London. Eggsy is smart and physically capable—a former gymnast & Royal Marines drop-out—but he’s resigned khổng lồ his lot in life as a parkouring ruffian, ears studded và polo buttoned all the way up. That is until he meets Harry Hart (Colin Firth), who tells Eggsy that his late father was one of the Kingsmen, a noble secret order of international spies devoted lớn protecting crown and country, and the rest of the world. Though the Kingsmen are usually of high birth, Harry, known as Galahad in this Arthurian-themed murderers club, wants lớn give sầu Eggsy a shot. Attracted to the snappy suits & exploding gadgets, Eggsy says f--k yeah.

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Meanwhile, an evil scheme is being enacted by Jackson’s villain, Valentine, a tech zillionaire who dresses like Spike Lee (or is it Russell Simmons?) but talks lượt thích the worst Silibé Valley libertarian imaginable. While Eggsy trains, Valentine goes about his wicked business, it only being a matter of time before they have their big showdown. Before the movie gets to lớn that madcap climax, it takes us on a rollicking tour of Vaughn’s wacky, warped mind, eye-popping action mixing with bent humor. Firth upends our notions of his Firthiness by kicking a lot of ass, while Egerton swaggers around with an abundance of charm. Those of you who harbor a dark affection for that particular kind of British swagger, all Cockney and track-jacketed, will find much lớn enjoy in the dangerously xinh đẹp Egerton.

And then there’s all that violence, which Vaughn stages with wicked humor; it’s the kind of stuff that elicits a half-guffaw, half-gasp of surprise. There are bloodier, more violent movies out there, for sure, but not so many that marry that carnage with Kingsman’s sprightly tone và bright color palette. One grand, murderous melee in particular skirts the edge of indecency, và maybe tips over the line depending on your taste, but riding that edge is what makes the film so much fizzy fun. When there’s a beautiful henchwoman who uses her metal prosthetic legs lượt thích swords flipping around & chopping people up, how can you not enjoy it?

That character, the assassin with a gimmiông xã, is one of the film’s many nods to lớn the James Bond movies, more a winking doff of the cap than outright satire. This movie, some sale execs are likely arguing, is a new kind of Bond tale, one for the Twitter generation, fast và referential và busy, busy, busy. I don’t know if Kingsman, which is based on a comic book series, has quite the same iconic appeal, but it is a cheeky and wholly entertaining tweak on the genre. Really, it’s a bloody delight.

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