Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Colin Firth as an action hero?

You have to see it to believe it! I'm referring to a specific, gory yet hilarious fight scene... (You'll know exactly what I mean when you see it). My opinion and pure animal attraction to Mr Darcy just went up a few notches... #ohmy

Kingsman: The Secret Service features Colin Firth as the ultimate gentlemen who happens to be a secret agent who takes under his wing 'Eggsy' (Taron Egerton) to become the next up and comer. By his name you can tell it's a fish out of water story right? Low and behold he is thrust into challenges to be the next agent using his street smarts to outwit the posh.

Like every good action movie, there is a villain. This time in the form of Samuel L. Jackson who plays the tech entrepreneur Valentine who is a genius combined with a warped ideology makes him completely batshit crazy who naturally comes up with a convoluted plan just asking to be thwarted.

Without giving too much away, this movie has a few predictable elements but has enough twists and turns to have me to be fully engaged and had me on the edge of my seat and not looking for the time.

Kingman is overly violent for a comedy, and there were several moments when I had to turn away (I'm weak!). But the violence is done more so in a comedic way which made it much more palatable and entertaining.

It's also pretty hard to not be seduced by the variety of spy gadgets and gizmos, a lighter that doubles up as a hand grenade? BOOM!

And make sure you get comfy in your seat for a brilliant fireworks display.

Kingman: The Secret Service opens up tomorrow in Oz, and without trying to over hype it. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT! It is one of those movies you should see in a cinema and it has quickly become one of my favourite movies of recent times (up there with Guardians of the Galaxy). You know a movie you shouldn't see? The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I mean why make one great film, when you can draw it out painfully and make 3 mediocre films? #cashcow

Now for the abridged review (TL;DR) (aka not too subtle reasons why you should see it):

  • It is hilarious.
  • Even for someone who doesn't enjoy movie violence, I really enjoyed it in this case.
  • Colin. Firth.
  • If you’re into living the Pug life – you won’t be disappointed.
  • It doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • You actually care about what happens in the film fortunately no tears were shed (it’s not that kind of a movie).  
For guys who want that gentlemanly look, you can actually shop the Kingsman range over at Mr Porter.

Running time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
Out February 5 in Australia.
4 Out of 5 Ninja Stars

I attended a preview screening as a media guest. This post in not sponsored and my raving is a genuine opinion (yes, this movie is that good).

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