Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Director: Matthew Vaughn. Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill. 129 min. Rated R. UK. Action/Comedy.

In a post-Austin Powers era, when we've been robbed of old James Bond cheesy fun, such a movie was so much needed. It's an action treat not only showcasing the beauty of British class (as opposed to the stark contrast of Samuel Jackson's American sloppiness), but also spicing up the genre with eye-popping violence, perpetrated by of all people, Colin Firth (whom strangely, I enjoyed for the first time!). With numerous Star Wars references (master-apprentice relations, Hamill's presence, Guinness' name on the walls, princess saved from dungeon, etc. ...), this is a rare film I'd love to see starting a franchise.

PS: More on Matthew Vaughn's love for Star Wars here.

PPS: Thank you, Mohi and Peter. I almost waited this one out till its DVD arrival.

Mo says:


  1. Although the copy I managed to download was of poor quality, (recorded in a cinema by a hand held cam), I could hear the guy slurping soda and eating chips! I still really enjoyed the movie.

    I don't need another franchise though so would be happy if this remained a one off.

    1. Considering that the movie is obviously setting the stage for a franchise, it's inevitable. Just that compared to "Transformers", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", etc ... I'd welcome a franchise like this.