Kingsman Secret Service is another comic book adaptation but this is a clever way of introducing a new angle onto a â€˜James Bond themeâ€™. Secret Service films have a lot of pressure to be individual and not be compared with the mighty Bond.
I think this does this well. Gary Unwin â€˜Eggsyâ€™ (played by Taron Egerton) is enrolled into the secret service and trained to take down a terrible villain – with the usual mad plan for world domination!
Before he joins Gary is simply existing and life is very boring indeed. He has not stuck at jobs and doesnâ€™t know what might fulfil him. When he gets into a big pickle he calls a number thatâ€™s on the back of a medal, that was given to him when he was little.
This is how he meets Hart aka Agent Galahad (Colin Firth) and gets involved in the service. He has to see off the competition in training and then there was two. He doesnâ€™t secure the last place, Roxy (Sophie Cookson) does.
Interim the mad villain Valentine (Samuel L Jackson – Mac Windu!) steps up his plans. People get blown up. But Hart is made of sterner stuff, even when injured heâ€™s still going!
But ultimately for Gary to be a true Kingsman, heâ€™ll have to dig deep, suffer huge losses and tackle the formidable Valentine. The question is can he rise to the challenge?
This film packs a punch and breathes new life into a tried and tested formula. Thatâ€™s no easy feat. All the cast gelled and the partnerships also made the film very enjoyable.
A few rough edges to smooth in the performances, but the bar has been set and I am hopeful there will be sequels!
8/10 from me. Iâ€™ve rarely been so surprised by a film and itâ€™s nice to know you can never tell.
Taron has a very bright future ahead of him if the Kingsman films are made regularly (one very few years like Bond).
Colin proves he still has the magic touch by bringing another inspiring performance. Heâ€™s so different in everything he does.
And Samuel is always wonderful whether playing the good or bad guy.
Image reproduced from Wikipedia (Poster by Source).
Trailer reproduced from 20th Century Fox.