ByKyle Allen, writer at
Manners. Maketh. Man.

I'm honestly having a hard time even coming up with where to start with this movie. So I guess big picture first then the minute details.

The Kingsman (for those of you who already don't know) is another action-comedy hybrid film. However, rather leaning in one direction with hints of the second genre (see Austin Powers) the movie acts as a balance as the two which works beautifully. There's enough action present to please any thrill seeker, but at the same time there are times when your trying as hard as you can not to laugh.

The closest relation I can find is the original Die Hard. Presentable thrill, yet at the same time you spend half the movie laughing off your rear end. However, saying that this is just another Die Hard rip-off is like canned chicken: just plain wrong. Kingsman: The Secret Service feels more like every spy/action movie that's ever been released were mashed in one movie. However, not in a way that feels over-the-top ridiculous like The Expendables or any "Syfy original."

The settings and central plot feel like they come straight out of a James Bond script. The way the characters grow feels similar to that of G.I. Joe and Ender's Game. And because I am a musician I can't write without mentioning the movie's soundtrack, which was also very well composed.

As far as the character's of the movie go, there's only two sides: love em or want to run their face through a woodchipper. The film has a great way of doing this, as you love the characters that they want you to love and want to brutally murder the characters you hate. You start to share emotions with the main characters and begin ignoring every cliche they follow. No seriously, there are so many cliches in the film you learn to forget them.

Speaking of characters and cliches, I wanted to take a moment to mention Samuel Jackson for just a moment. In every other movie i've seen him in he is the typical "I look cool which justifies my murder" character. But in The Kingsman, Samuel is now the comical relief. Every time he opens his mouth you start to smile on the inside. The character itself he plays is fun-loving, yet evil. I think he may have gotten Loki syndrome after spending too much time with the Avengers.

I think that's the only way to explain this film: everything feels backwards in the right way. Evil feels right, and what the movie justifies as right in some cases feel wrong. There are points where the action makes you jump up and down in your chair, a twist makes your jaw drop to the floor, then immediately sends you back into laughter which makes you forget any shortcomings that you can find in the film.

As far as shortcomings go, there's only one for me that keeps this from being a 10 out of 10. The F word shows itself so much that if I found out Gordon Ramsay wrote the script, no surprises. Honestly, I don't have as much of an issue with it, but there are people that still find cursing vulgar and repulsive.

But if your able to get past the swear words, your in for one of the greatest action films of all time.


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