Loved all the training/testing parts. The rest...well, it's a very fine line to balance when you're trying to critique a thing and also be that thing. This missed that line spectacularly for me. Also, why bother to shoot the fight scenes in one take if you're going to eff them up in post anyway? You have a well-choreographed, well-shot scene, don't muck it up with all those temporal effects.
HERE'S HOW IT ENTERED MY FLICKCHART:
Kingsman: The Secret Service < My…
Enjoyable little programmer with Spencer Tracy as a reporter who always gets his story, but this time he gets his man, too, in a shooting of a scam-happy investment banker possibly by his own partner. I didn't see the twist coming, though I should've. Nicely sold by everybody involved. A young James Stewart in one of his earliest roles plays a rookie reporter, already stealing scenes from the veterans.
HOW IT ENTERED MY FLICKCHART:
The Murder Man > My Favorite Brunette…
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
For a little while I was afraid I'd misheard and it was gonna be all guns, which would've been boring and just needlessly violent (in a boring way). But then the hand-to-hand stuff started, and all of that was awesome. So yeah. Just enough story to string a nearly 100-minute long fight scene on, and that was enough. Also, it was surprisingly well-paced for basically being a long fight scene, with some breather sections in there at just the right times. Definitely had fun with this.