Adapted from Mark Millar’s comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service is the first comic book movie adaption of 2015, with Matthew Vaughn, knocking it out of the park with a movie that is likely to remain among the year’s best come the end. It’s funny, with plenty of humour to be had, boasting some of the most gloriously over-the-top action sequences that you’ll find in a comic book film, as it feels like a successful blend of Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and James Bond that continues to prove just why Vaughn is one of the strongest comic book directors out there right now, capable of putting out films that match both Christopher Nolan’s and Joss Whedon’s efforts in terms of quality.
kingsman-secret-serviceStarring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and more, Kingsman: The Secret Service doesn’t take itself seriously. There are plenty of jokes, some less offensive than others, and that drew instant laughs from the near-full crowd at the screening that I went to. The story follows young “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), a youth who, after stealing a car from the friends of his abusive step-dad, winds up on the verge of going to jail only to be saved due to his father’s connections with the Kingsman spy organization. Eggsy finds himself recruited by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), an old-school spy who’s part of the Kingsman organization that is looking for new recruits. Eggsy soon finds himself taken to a mansion not unlike that used in X-Men: First Class, where he is forced to compete with various other trainees, all from more upper-class backgrounds than Eggsy, whose only friend is fellow competitor Roxy (Sophie Cookson) as they try to become new Kingsman, under the guidance of their mentor, Merlin (Mark Strong). However, they soon find themselves racing against the clock, when they’re drawn into a battle to save the world from the villainous billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).