Coming from Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn, and similarly based on a graphic novel, Kingsman: The Secret Service follows the story of Eggsy, a young lad who has fallen on the wrong side of the tracks of late. When he is approached by Harry Hart, a suave secret agent nicked named Galahad, he is indicted into the trainee league of spies.
As he learns a lot of lessons for the works of espionage and gentlemanliness, a villain named Valentine has a fiendish plot for world domination that has Harry and the rest of the Kingsmen trying to stop him. Can they work together before the fireworks begin?
If you didn't manage to catch Matthew Vaughan's latest piece of chaos at the cinema, you should definitely buy the DVD. And here's why:
Despite Firth taking top billing on the posters, it's definitely Taron Egerton's film, where he plays Eggsy. Considering this is his big screen acting debut, he does an amazing job and holds his own opposite Firth. You won't even question his 'rude boy' London accent but he's an incredibly humble, well-spoken Welsh lad in real life. He also gets his top off which you can now handily pause on the DVD and stare at for inordinate amounts of time. (Ed: Similarly to what you do at his butt in The Smoke)
2. COLIN FIRTH.
Now, you wouldn't exactly expect Mr Darcy to say fuck. Like, ever. But he gleefully curses like a ramped up Stath in this. He also punches people in the face, shoots people with a dart umbrella, and glasses someone in a pub. And that's just in one scene. Plus, he looks damn fine in a suit.
3. THE PLOT.
It's the most outrageous, ludicrous plot you will probably come across this year, which is why it's incredibly entertaining. It's based on a comic book by Mark Millar, who'll you know from writing the Kick Ass comics and bringing us the films of the same names. Look out for the gloriously colourful and trippy head exploding sequence in the third act.
As part of the training programme the new spy recruits, including Eggsy, have to pick a puppy. Eggsy gets stuck with THE cutest pug in the world. Unfortunately for him, the pug doesn’t look all that useful. "He will get bigger though right?" "Nope."... "Ah shit."
5. MARK HAMILL's CAMEO.
Mark Millar wrote a character named Mark Hamill in the comic book and as a joke, Vaughan decided to cast him as a professor in the film. Which makes our little nerd hearts jump for joy.
6. THE FIERCE FEMALES.
So with the exception of Eggsy's mother, all the females in this film kick ass. And extremely well. You'd expect them to be sidelined slightly in action pieces but Sofia Boutella has a couple of awesome sequences as Gazelle, the henchwoman of Samuel L Jackson's villian Valentine, with her bladed prosthetic legs. Which also flips the bird at Hollywood's usual 'perfect lady' casting for once.
What Do You Think?
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