Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service
directed by Matthew Vaughn
starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, and more.

I enjoy spy movies from James Bond to Spy Kids and others in between, so though there wasn't anything too enticing when I saw the trailers for Kingsman, I still thought it would be a good show. The fact that the movie is based on a Mark Millar comic book was just an interesting side note for me. The premise of the movie takes an interesting twist on the typical villain archetype. The villain is a man named Valentine (played by Samuel L. Jackson) who has serious concerns about global warming.

See, right there, that's a different kind of villain. Usually villains only think of themselves and all the money, power, and/or destruction they can make. This guy makes me think of the Otto Octavius version of Spider-man who'll be bad to do something good. He wants to try and stop global warming and he wants to kill millions of people to make it happen. He's a funny character too. He has a lisp, loves to eat McDonalds, and vomits at the sight of blood. Those don't seem like characteristics of a mass murderer, but yet that's him.

So, this movie focuses on the British secret service called Kingsman. These are highly trained and skilled spies/combatants, each with a code name that makes them collectively King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. It becomes their job to take down Valentine. This wouldn't be any kind of decent movie though if there weren't obstacles along the way. The first obstacle is that one of the "knights" is murdered and needs to be replaced. That's where the main character, Eggsy, comes in. (That's some really weird name.) He's the son of a previous "knight" and gets recruited to try out for the position. I adored the scene when the different recruits had to pick out a dog to train with. Eggsy picks the smallest dog of the bunch, unintentionally. The dog stole the show for me. He was so cute in the way he didn't want to be pulled around. And he was adorable when Eggsy picked him up and ran with him in his shirt. Adorable!

The recruits get whittled down until one stands alone to become the next "Lancelot". After this point in the story things become a bit more crazy. Valentine infiltrates Kingsman. Valentine infiltrates almost every single government in the world. He even convinces what looks like President Obama into going along with his mass murder plan. I wouldn't call it much of a social commentary on President Obama's beliefs just more of a spoof on his character.

This movie has a lot of excessive violence that I wasn't a fan of. My least favorite scene was the head exploding scene. It was so over-the-top as if to be comical yet I didn't find it funny at all. Some other really nit-picky things I want to point out include the continuity error after Eggsy is bugged. Where did the bug go to? It was on his jacket and then it's not when he enters the Kingsman tailor shop. Also, what was up with Roxy's outfit when she's attached to the rocket launcher? Sure, this is a spy movie and everyone gets code names, so why did Roxy have "Roxy" written on her outfit? It seemed so out of place.

My overall rating for this movie is 3 out of 5. It had some interesting elements to it but the whole thing was too over-the-top. I did not care to see that princess' ass. We all knew what was coming in the end and so I found it to be quite tacky.

-O. Pelaez

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