Matthew Vaughn directs this cleverly cunning collaboration of actors/actresses, as the story of young protagonist Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin (Taron Egerton) is told in this turn of the century Bond/Bourne mix in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
As a young teenage British roughian who has no real sense of who he is or where he belongs, Eggsy's character is certainly relatable enough for its teenage audience target. Harry Hart or code name Galahad (Colin Firth) in his quintessentially English manor then offers him a chance to prove his potential against others in an intense training programme to join The Secret Service, which is governed by top agent Arthur (Sir Michael Caine), also British.
In the midst of all this comes techno-nemesis Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) with his companion Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), who has created a sim card which gives people free calls and internet everywhere at any time; with a catch, of course.
One minor thing that I didn't particularly like about this film is some of the characters. I really felt that Samuel L. Jackson's character was a bit too overbearing and unbelievable, but that's just me. I didn't really feel like his companion really added anything to the plot/storyline as we don't really learn much about her, but other than that, no complaints!
This film offers a real roller coaster of emotions, which is always in my opinion is what makes a good film. I feel like I really connected with Eggsy's character in more ways in one, but there is plenty of comedic relief to keep you watching the characters progress in their role. Taron fitted his role and I feel like he is really going to rise from his underdog status amongst the already great cast.
Kingsman is an awesomely entertaining film with plenty of guns, gadgets and explosions to appeal to its younger audience but also enough heart and an emotional story to engage the adults. The British/American mix seems to work relatively well, but I can also verify as a drag-along girlfriend that this is definitely bearable. Besides, who can argue when Colin Firth is in the movie, especially when he's kicking teenage butt! Not only that, but this film is definitely begging for a sequel!