Yeah, you heard me Bond, come at me bro! That’s essentially the attitude Kingsman: The Secret Service takes towards 007 with director Matthew Vaughn (who it could be argued gave Daniel Craig the push towards that famous role) relishing the chance to produce a colourful and anarchic middle finger to stuffy, serious, action flicks.
Kingsman is basically a very British Kick-Ass (Brit-Ass? Please don’t google that). It’s about a young man swept up into a crazy world of ultra-violence and over the top shenanigans. Just replace superheroes with secret agents and New York with London. Taron Egerton plays Eggsy a young cockney lad from a council estate whose future is bleak. That’s until he meets the suave Harry Hart (a fantastic Colin Firth) who gives him the chance to join The Kingsman, a super-secret organisation of spies who fight international crime.
From here we see the brutal training as the contenders are whittled down to find the best recruits. This section gives the writers a chance to chuck in some class warfare with all of the recruits being snooty shits apart from Eggsy. This is all fun stuff to watch and meanders on pleasantly until the actual evil villain’s plan jumps into action and gives us the best part of the whole film. Take one bad-ass Colin Firth, one American church, one evil smartphone app, throw them together and you get one of the most amazing, ridiculous, and violent fight scenes ever committed to celluloid. Its something that needs to be seen to be believed and its guaranteed to leave you out of breath.
While Vaughn is a master at directing brutal action scenes the script by him and Jane Goldman let’s the movie down somewhat. Dialogue is never as funny as it thinks it is and you also get the impression the writers don’t really know much about life in British council estates. It almost becomes a parody with the film-makers putting a young guy in a hoody, getting him to say ‘innit’ a lot and blasting out some Dizzee Rascal. Then there’s the confused themes of class and etiquette that ring hollow.
It’s all about the action though as Kingsman: The Secret Service is an exhilarating, colourful, bloody, action movie of the kind that isn’t made much anymore. In a world currently obsessed with superhero films its great to see a flick that is old-fashioned yet fresh and fun. With its charismatic cast and playful style its two hours well spent and a great antidote to the dreary antics of Bond and Bourne.
Have you seen Kingsman? Did it blow your mind? Is your name Chris Bridges, and you cry if anyone teases James Bond? Let me know in the comments below!