Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

πŸ†94%

I know, I know, I've kinda been out for a while. I had a lot of exam preparation, chorus rehearsals (and shows), and some other things that honestly kept me from watching/reviewing movies for the last month or so. Also, I've recently had to switch my letterboxd operations to a computer, (a story that will be saved for another time), so being active is something I couldn't have done that much anyway. Although I do have some catching up to do. These are the movies I have to log and haven't had the time to until now: When Harry Met Sally; The Bishop's Wife; Rocky IV Director's Cut; To Save a Life; and The Social Network (yes, again). With all that said, onto the review!

DAMN. Kingsman: The Secret Service is an absolute powerhouse of action and comedy coming at the audience at 80 miles per our. First off, the way this movie is so careless about realism, and goes its own way without care about how wild it gets. The spy genre is actually a genre I have not familiarized myself with all that much, (with the exception of MI), and while it's a genre full of well known cliches and predictabilities, this movie sort of turns those archetypes on their head, and gives off a very subtle but very effective self awareness vibe. It knows it's full of cliches and ridiculous plotlines, but that's what builds out the fun. the cast is so solid. Taron Egerton gives a really fun and cool performance as the punk loser turned gentlemen spy badass. His character is so much fun to watch train and learn about this new world he's about to become a huge part of. His reactions to everything going on around him are exactly our reactions and his somewhat cluelessness in the first act leads to him making enemies that are later important in the story and some good comedic moments. Colin Firth plays one of the coolest characters in recent memory and honestly one of the most likeable and interesting mentors in all of film. His valid experience proves toward his immaculate fighting skills and his attitude. That way he talks and acts with people is so cool and definitely shows many similarities to James Bond.

Samuel L Jackson is something else man. He can play the badass leader, he can play the despicable villain, but he will always have his best character that has ben in 90% of his movies, and that is himself. He plays almost all of his characters with his own personality, and never fails to entertain. Not to say I don't like when he steps out of that area, because I freaking LOVE it, but watching him play pretty much himself never gets old. Mark Strong might be be my favorite part of the movie. His character is so endearing and so well established as someone who wants to help and really gives all he can and his knowledge to do that. Even though he usually doesn't get out into the field, that doesn't stop him from being completely capable when he has to. The supporting cast is great, especially with the likes of Michael Caine playing the defective boss, and others like Sophie Cookson playing a very likeable side character, and Sofia Boutella playing a very cool side villain. The action is...oh how do I say it...AWESOME. Watching these crazy fight scene with phenomenal cinematography are all very engaging and fun sequences, when you really see what the Kingsman can do. The church scene, might be my favorite fight scene of last decade. It's so unbelievably bizarre, so violent, but so so fun to watch and such an intense sequence. The screenwriting is sharp, the comedy is brilliant. My only problem here is the abusive stepfather plotline. Sure, you need an a-hole to get Eggsy fired up, but it felt like a character and a plotline that could've easily been replaced by financial troubles or an a-hole landlord. Having that character in here just felt off. It was an absolute blast to watch and an amazing world to enter, finally.

πŸ”™Project X
πŸ”œKingsman: The Golden Circle

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