Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
- Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
- With: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson
- 129 Minutes
The first time I saw Kick-Ass, I was amazed with that great mix of violence and comedy that left almost no room for disappointment. The action scenes were great and there was always a good mood in the air that made it look a different experience in the field of superheroes’ movies. From that moment on, I became a fan of Matthew Vaughn for the way he managed to amaze me. So, the first time I saw Kingsman’s trailer I was a bit curious to see if Vaughn was still able to impress me the way he did with Kick-Ass. While the first one was about a real super-hero who was addicted to comics, Kingsman: The Secret Service follows the story of super-secret spy organization that recruits gentlemen to protect our world. With a great cast and a story that seemed to capture the thrill and intensity of the old James Bond’s movies, I was all fired up to watch it.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is the story of a Kingsman’s agent, Harry Hart (Colin Firth) who recruited a street kid who lost most of his ambitions into the agency’s competitive training program which objective was to pick the adequate candidates that had the potential to defend our world of major threats. So, when a twisted tech genius, Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is preparing something evil that could change forever the world we know, Hart decides to teach the kid how to behave and how to become a gentleman worthy of Kingsman’s approval while he investigates what might be one of the most dangerous threats the world has ever faced.
When compared with Kick-Ass, the surprise factor was missing from the picture because the great combination of humor and violence was something I was expecting. Kingsman features a series of hilarious moments and two specific moments that left most of the audience worldwide stunned and captivated (the church scene and an awkwardly amazing scene in the end of the movie). Harry Hart is an awesome man who does amazing tricks while he is fighting crime and at the same time he manages to be really funny (mostly thanks to Colin Firth’s charismatic performance, something we are all used to see). Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is introduced as lost kid who can’t find his path and who is stuck into a life controlled by his mom’s abusive boyfriend. However, when he meets Hart, everything changes. With his advices, Eggsy changes his way of thinking and transforms into a more confident guy who is definitely stronger than he was before. So when Vaughn adds this development to Eggsy to a story that features one of the funniest villains the genre has ever seen, mission is almost accomplished. I mean, Valentine is like a mean guy who can’t kill anything and that is a quite interesting and funny aspect one can focus his attention on. Without forgetting Michael Caine, Kingsman stars a great cast in some really funny roles that in the middle of all those nonsenses allow the story to become even more amazing that it already is.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is an amazingly funny action movie that captures everyone’s attention by showing peculiar moments in a story that honors the secret agent genre without losing its pace. Always with a good mood, the plot is funny, surprising and in a certain way, refreshing, even though it lacks some thrilling and intense aspects that were usual in espionage flicks. With funny and charismatic performances by a cast filled with huge names, Matthew Vaughn did a good job by delivering this amusing tale with a funny tone added to it that makes it suitable for younger audiences and for those who want to cheer up. There are pretty violent moments that add some needed brutality to the picture and with characters like Valentine, Kingsman balances comedy with action in a way we’d already seen in Kick-Ass.
Always with an amazing energy floating around, Kingsman is a story about changing our lives for the better and about taking risks that will pay off in the end. With a secret agent like Hart taking down enemies with style and great moves and with a quite peculiar villain, Vaughn nailed it again with a story without boring moments whose flaws are mostly related with the lacking of emotional and thrilling events that would attach its viewers to the screen in an even better way. With non-stop action and a great mood, Kingsman seizes the advantages of a genre we’re not so used to see nowadays in the theaters becoming this enthusiastic and awesome movie that amazed me a lot.