Director Matthew Vaughn’s newest film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, another graphic novel adaptation from the incredibly talented Mark Millar, is bold, stylish, and thoroughly entertaining. Vaughn’s previous works, which include Stardust, Kick Ass, and X-Men: First Class, all showcase his daring ambition and originality, present film included. More than just a James Bond spoof, Kingsman pays homage to the classic spy films we grew up loving, replete with double-breasted suits (paired with Oxfords, not Brogues), everyday items turned weapons, and witty British dialogue.
Hilarious and suspenseful all the way through, there is never a dull moment in the film, or lack of exploding or flying body parts for that matter. The shockingly violent but beauteously orchestrated fight sequences and well-crafted adventure comprises the perfect blend of action and comedy. The entire cast, including Taron Egerton as street kid turned gentleman spy “Eggsy”, his adorable pug, Michael Caine who can do no wrong, Sofia Boutella as the badass slicing and dicing Gazelle with her running blades, lispy, twisted tech genius Samuel L. Jackson, and a surprisingly agile, shooting, punching, and flipping Colin Firth who shatters the notion of pigeonholing—each and everyone one of these actors and actresses delivers an absolutely brilliant performance, making Kingsman a must see movie.
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