Film #9: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
Kingsman: The Secret Service
4 out of 5 stars
KICKASS director, Matthew Vaughn, brings a delightfully constructed send-up of British spy films (ala James Bond). The story is appropriately convoluted, the acting across-the-board solid, KINGSMEN is an absolute hoot. Standout performances in the film are, of course, Colin Firth (KING’S SPEECH), as the mentor, & Mark Strong (KICKASS) as the organization’s “Q.” A VERY cool visual (from a VERY reminiscent of a character in Yoshihiro Nishimura’s TOKYO GORE POLICE) is the look of villain’s secretary Low points… the wasted Michael Caine (DARK KNIGHT) & the scenery chewing Samuel L Jackson (whose choice of his characters affectation was… misguided and distracting). Also, look for Mark Hamill doing a Joker-esque voice as a scientist. As for the script, while it runs a little long (at 2 hours), it still pretty much fires on all cylinders, whether you’re a newcomer to these types of films or if names like Matt Helm and Derek Flint are really familiar. Recommended… but there is a lot of violence, so use caution with the kiddies.