Veers into cliche and stock melodrama a bit too much to be truly effective, but in moments (particularly in the first half hour and the big riot scene) it's staggeringly powerful and nerve-shredding. Jack O'Connell continues to prove himself one of the most magnetic young screen presences around.
Possibly some of the clunkiest dialogue ever written, performed in some of the most astonishingly bad accents ever committed to film - and a huge huge waste of the potential of its cast. This gets 1 and a half stars for a couple of good action scenes and half a star for introducing me to the phrase "mfwic"
One of those moments where you walk out of the cinema and realise you've actually been grinning inanely for the last hour.
Although it never quite matches up to the excellent Kick-Ass or First Class, Kingsman is yet more flat-out proof that Matthew Vaughn may very well be the finest action director on the planet.
With some of the most gloriously violent and kinetic action ever seen on screen, a hilarious script and a cast all obviously having the time of their lives - where has THAT Colin Firth been hiding all these years - Kingsman is two hours of ludicrously enjoyable entertainment.