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Kingsman: The Secret Service – Review


Release Date: 13 February 2015 [USA]
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman Matthew Vaughn [Screenplay] - Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons [Comic]
Cast: Colin Firth - Taron Egerton - Samuel L. Jackson - Michael Caine



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Posted February 23, 2015 by

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review:

Back in 2010, I literally felt in love with Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’, that I think quite almost everybody heard about. After watching the movie four times in theaters, with as much excitement in each as it was the first time, I decided to investigate the other creations of this unknown director. If ‘Stardust’ was an obvious disappointment, ‘Layer Cake’ was much more of a success, worthy of a Guy Ritchie feature, with an impeccable casting, like every other Vaughn’s movies. So, after the very good ‘X-Men : First Class’, and the choice not to pursue on the X-Men saga, Mr Claudia Schiffer (yes !) unexpectedly announced his intention to adapt yet another Comic Book (or is it a graphic novel ?) called “The Secret Service”, which I sadly had no chance to read yet. But we’re not here to talk about the comic book, are we ?

Kingsman is presented to be the most efficient secret service in the world, based on the fact that its members do not answer to any form of government, the down part being that they will never be publicly recognized or thanked for their actions. After the unfortunate death of Lancelot, Galahad (Colin Firth, from ‘A Single Man’, ‘Where the Truth Lies’, the ‘Bridget Jones’ saga) is charged with naming a candidate for Lancelot’s replacement, such as all of the other members of the service. The candidates will be tested under the supervision of Arthur (Michael Caine, from ‘Sleuth’, ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’, the ‘Batman’ saga directed by C. Nolan) and Merlin (Mark Strong, from ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘RocknRolla’, ‘Sunshine’). The rules are simple, only one of the candidates may replace Lancelot.

Galahad will then offer to Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), the son of a former candidate who saved his life, to be in is turn a Kingsman candidate. Eggsy being more of a scoundreled brat than a secret agent material, Galahad is frown upon by Arthur, but Eggsy’s candidacy is yet accepted, although he is the only candidate being completely uneducated, compared to all of the others, fresh out of Cambridge or Oxford, brewed in the English nobility. During this fierce competition, Galahad must tend to other pressing matters : a vast number of public personalities from all around the world are disappearing, including Professor James Arnold (Mark Hamill, yes, THE Mark Hamill), the person that the former Lancelot was supposed to protect. The person that seems to be behind those abductions is Mr Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson, from ‘Django Unchained’, the ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘187’), a philanthropist megalomaniac eager to freely deliver SIM cards through the entire planet. What are Valentine’s plans ? Will Eggsy be able to succeed in the tryouts and become the next Lancelot ? Well, if you want to know, you will have to watch the film. And even if you don’t want to know, you must watch this film…

This piece of film is yet again pure fun in a barrel, I can’t even start and describe how Vaughn is such a talented man, given his ability to create action sequences like the one we have here. It’s a brilliant combination between the amazing performances of the actors (a very special motion for Samuel L. Jackson, just perfect in his role of the “bad guy” with its hair on the tongue), the musics, that brings a very comical tone in awkward situations, and the camera, which embarks us in ways I could never thought to be possible. For that instance, the “church” sequence is absolutely brilliant, a tier up above the best sequence of ‘Kick-Ass’, which was already astonishing at that time. In many words like in few, Vaughn excels himself, for our unlimited satisfaction.

I cannot judge the quality of the adaptation, but if Vaughn did the same thing as with Kick-Ass, I bet he took some liberties from the original content, which is probably not a bad thing. I although regret that he used so many products placements in the film, and such obvious one such as ‘The Sun’ or ‘McDonald’s’. That would really be my only negative critic towards “Kingsman”. I now must wear my loveliest suit, read the comic books and go fight the bad guys, where ever and whoever they are!


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