by Candace Salima, Senior Contributor on US Daily Review
Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
Rating/Runtime: R / 129 Min.
While all the desperate women went to see the awful Fifty Shades of Grey, my sister and I went to see Kingsman: The Secret Service, because Colin Firth is in it, and my sister and I go see anything Colin Firth is in.
In a nutshell, the Kingsmen have been around for over a century. Their codenames are those of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Colin Firth is Galahad, and he makes a very fine Galahad. He recruits a street kid, Eggsy, who turns out to be the son of a man who had saved his life many years earlier. Eggsy excels at the training, but in the meantime, a megalomaniac billionaire has decided that the best way to deal with global warming is to kill off as much of the world’s population as possible. Yeah, global warming . . . maniac. That plays for me.
First, the language is a little rough. Hollywood seems to be completely incapable of making a spy movie without liberally sprinkling the “f” word around. It’s a crutch, and it’s ridiculous that they can’t figure out how to make a good spy movie without falling back on all the old crutches. But that aside, it really is a fun movie. Excellent fight scenes, and I do mean really excellent fight scenes. The humor is there, the writing is excellent despite all the crutches Hollywood threw in. Profanity, brief nudity and crudity, a lot of violence, but the actual fight scenes had an elegance that was awesome. And come on, it’s Colin Firth!
I laughed, I clapped, I cheered. And then we came to a scene that cost the movie an entire star just for that alone. You’ll have to watch it to see what I mean, but you can’t do that and not lose a star from me. I give Kingsman: The Secret Service 3 out of 5 stars. It really deserved four, but that one scene cost it.
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