Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is a bloody good movie


Kingsman released feb. 13. The movie is an action thriller involving a spy organization attempting to defeat a mastermind villain.

Tristan Baez, Writer

If James Bond and Quentin Tarantino had a love child, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ would be that wonderfully scrummy product.

Warning: British slang to ensue.

‘Kingsman’ follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin’s (Taron Edgerton) path to become a British spy under the wing of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), a former mate to Eggsy’s father, while Kingsman tech-genius, Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) tries to stop his global threat.

‘Kingsman’ left me gobsmacked. This British spy action-comedy is an adrenaline rush from the start to finish and one of the most brilliant movies of the year. Director Matthew Vaughn pushes the limits with cheeky dialogue, dodgy action and scenes that leaves one with a huge smile.

Newcomer Taron Edgerton is an absolute ace and proves that he is a great upcoming star. Colin Firth also is fantastic; debuting as an action star, he pulls it off as if he has been doing it for years. In addition, Sam Jackson performed well as the maniacal villain, but the cartoony lisp that his character Valentine has, at times, can feel a little wonky, but ultimately is quite humorous.

As an action movie, the fight scenes are jolly amazing. The fight choreography is the best since ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and is a spectacle to watch. Each kerfuffle (fight, for you non-British folk out there) has an unique flavor to it, thanks to the many fancy gadgets that the Kingsman use.  There scenes give the same touch earlier spy movies such as Bond had.

While the film has great action, it can go overboard and hyper-violent at times; though, it’s like a train wreck you can’t look away from, because let’s be honest… it’s awesome. Most jokes hit, and hit well; but some are a huge miss, whether it be too racy or a little “too British” for the general audience to get.

Not a positive nor a negative, the movie is a bit ridiculous. Like watching a ‘Fast and Furious’ movie, you can’t watch it and take it seriously. It’s a crazy movie and embraces it smartly. Vaughn made a stylized movie that is tailored (pun intended) for a spy film. The movie is both sleek and gentleman-like, but also sexy and in-your-face at the same time.

As one of the most entertaining films this year so far, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is a fun and ridiculous movie, showcasing amazing action and a smart, creative story.

Should you see ‘Kingsman?’ Absobloodylootley!


Final Verdict: 8.1/10

Kingsman is rated “R” for violence, language and some sexual content. Must be 17 years of age or accompanied by an adult to watch this movie.