Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) - IMDb

Kingsmen: The Secret Service is such a fun movie. It came out during the time were if there was a spy movie it was a super serious one. This is also based on a comic, which I haven’t read yet. I didn’t see it when it was coming out because I wasn’t able to go to the movies often at the time. I wanted to give this series another watch through with the prequel coming out soon.

Kingsmen was directed by Matthew Vaughn. It was written by Jane Goldman and Vaughn. It was based on the comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. I was unaware that Goldman and Vaughn had worked together on several projects, all of which I enjoy. I’m also a huge fan of Mark Millar when it comes to his work in comics. I’m also a fan of Dave Gibbons art. I could talk more about Mark Millar’s comic work, but I won’t since that’s not the focus of this piece.

The cast is so much fun. It stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Sofia Boutella, and Michael Caine. This is one of the few things that I’ve seen Colin Firth in, and it’s definitely the most action heavy thing I’ve seen him in. This is the only thing I can think of that I’ve seen Mark Strong play anything other than a villain. That being said this is the only role that I’ve seen Michael Caine in like this. Sofia Boutella is fantastic in this role, and I enjoy seeing her in anything. Taron Egerton is so much fun as well, he gets to probably have some of the most fun in this movie.

The plot of Kingsmen: The Secret Service follows Eggsy Unwin. You first seen him as a child after his father was killed and he receives a medal with a number on it. He grows up to be an underachiever and prone to be in trouble. He gets arrested for stealing the car of a friend of his mom’s abusive husband. He uses the medal to get out of trouble. This moves him toward training as a Kingsman, a secret spy organization. While training there’s also a secret plot to “save” the world. They’re interconnected because of a Kingsman was killed investigating a kidnapping related to the plot.

The use of CG alongside stunt work is just astounding. There’s so many different shots that are in this movie that are mind-blowing. That being said there’s a single sequence that everyone wants to talk about when mentioning this movie, and once you see it you immediately understand why that is. The score was done by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson. The use of music throughout the movie is fantastic. There’s also a sequence that uses music and CG in unison that I feel doesn’t get nearly as much mentioning, but that might be because it could be a bit spoilery.

Kingsmen: The Secret Service is an incredibly awesome spy action movie. I do want to mention the sermon at the beginning of the church sequence and how I’ve heard similar sounding sermons. It is eerily accurate to some of the things I’ve heard, having grown up in the South. That being said it wasn’t nearly as hate filled as this, but damn near it. I will give Kingsmen: The Secret Service 9 umbrellas out of 10.

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