Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

When thinking of a Colin Firth film, what comes to mind? Romantic comedy? Period dramas? Cinematic fluff? Maybe not a James Bond-esque, spy thriller comedy. That’s what the British heart-throb has turned his hand to – and it’s definitely not one for the Granny’s!

Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is a teenage tear away, always causing trouble and getting into fights with this step-dad. After dropping out of the marines, he is the last person expected to be picked up by elite spy organisation – Kingsman. When Galahad (Firth) takes Eggsy under his wing, this rebellious teen becomes much more than what meets the eye.

This is a black comedy and a half – and from the writers of Kick-Ass their is nothing less to be expected. While the violence is definitely not slapstick, there is no denying that it’s amusing. Watching Colin Firth take on a group of chavs with nothing more than an umbrella, and seeing heads explode to Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” are feats to behold and will no doubt leave many with a slightly twisted sense of humour in stitches.

The cast is nothing to be sniffed at with the best of emerging and established British actors taking on the roles. Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Michael Caine and Jack Davenport head up the elite spy group which is fronted by a Saville Row suit shop. It’s so incredibly British, it could well be real. Seeing actors who are considered to be the sensible type take on comedic roles is highly entertaining. Meanwhile the introduction of Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson into a big budget British film will surely give them a step into becoming big time actors.

While the film may not rock the international Box Office with its typical British-ness, it is sure to become a cult favourite with so much tongue-in-cheek humour.

If you’re a fan of James Bond but feel it’s that bit too twee, Kingsman is definitely for you. With that dash of comicbook violence and a dousing of sometimes questionable humour Kingsman is a great watch. Hopefully this will stay as a standalone film, and not be rinsed of its originality in multiple sequels.

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