Movie Pick of the Week: Kingsman – The Secret Service
Watch out James Bond, you might not be the greatest spy to live after all.
As far as movies go, we like those which offer a peek into the inner soul, and pose us questions and dilemmas otherwise hidden from everyday life. We like intensely inspirational, while also not missing that slight whimsical fun. However, this week, get ready for the movie that encompasses all of the above.
Made after the cheeky comic-book series by Mark Millar, Kingsman is Matthew Vaughn’s latest film. Traces of all his previous works from Kick Ass (2010), and X Men: First Class (2011), all the way to his debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), coalesce in a wonderful blend that is peppered with a tinge of charming British accent.
Sartorial taste meets charming wit and style as Colin Firth plays Harry Hart, an agent in an ultra-elite British espionage. When the group finds itself spy short, Harry recruits young punk Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) into his team. No egghead in a pack of snobbish prep school grads, Eggsy sticks out like a sore thumb. Nevertheless, his unabashedly rouge attitude earns him points when they come up against cuckoo tech billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and his henchwoman (Sofia Boutella) who distributes free SIM cards programmed to destroy the world.
From confusion to chaos to all-hell-breaking-loose, the movie is rampant with killer toys (not unlike those belonging to our dear Mr. Christian Grey) and diabolical supervillians. Vaughn has taken British spy cliches and given them a fresh twist, melding comic book humour with whip-smart observations. Think 007, only funnier, wittier, and definitely a must-watch.