Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and comedy action movie fans


Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Synopsis

kingsman-04Based on a comic book by Mark Millar, this British spy film follows a veteran agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) working for an independent international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of descretion, who then takes in a younger colleague under his wing into a world of espionage. The new protege is Eggsy (Taron Egerton), who is a little rough around the edges and this too includes his manners.

Kingsman: The Secret Service Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****

Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review:

Kingsman (1)I didn’t catch the Sean Connery version of James Bond films, so this film (based on the poster) did not hold much attraction to me for the longest time. Yes I know, 10/10 people told me it’s a MUST-WATCH. But somehow, such statement always make me delay in watching them, perhaps, because I felt like Eggsy, someone who don’t belong, compared to the group of elitist movie critics.

kingsmanI knew Colin Firth from Emma Thompson’s Nanny McPhee (Love that film!) and here, in Kingsman, aside from the impressive and stylised action scenes, it felt like an evolution from a helpless dad (in Nanny McPhee) to a stern “gentlemen” who emphasize on proper English manners. I love his witty dialogues, be it with his disciple Eggsy (Taron Egerton) or the antagonist Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).

Colin_Firth_kicks_ass_in__KingsmenThe interaction between Eggsy and Harry Hart is my favourite part of the film (the action scenes are too cruel for me), especially teaching and showing Eggsy the amazing collection of the gentlemen’s outfits and gadgets. Hands-up if you hope to get your hands on a pen, an umbrella or even a pair of shoes!

kingsman eggsyI was impressed by the transformation of Taron Egerton as the wild and uneducated boy in an abusive and broken family, gradually “grew up” and mature to become a “gentlemen”. While I can’t exactly say it’s light-hearted, this is definitely a fun film to catch with friends!

Do You Know?

Colin Firth Fighting sceneActor Colin Firth did 80% of his own stunts, he worked out for around six months to be in top fighting shape and physical form in order to portray gentleman spy Harry Hart. His training schedule was rigorous, painful and ran for around three hours a day for several weeks.

kingsman-movie-review-4In the big church sequence, Colin Firth’s Galahad / Harry Hart character kills seventy-nine people.

Sofia Boutella KingsmanActress Sofia Boutella had to undergo an intense training schedule to portray the part of Gazelle. Boutella has said: “They taught me Thai boxing, Taekwondo, and how to work with cables. Gazelle uses her legs to kill, so I had to learn different types of kicks. I’d never done anything like it before.”

LazFigh-1In the “Secret Service” comic, Gazelle is a young man with artificial legs. In the film, Gazelle is a female acrobatic dancer with artificial legs.

amy-purdy-paralympics-photoshoot-07Amy Purdy, the double amputee snowboarder in Sochi and runner up from Dancing With The Stars was originally cast as “Gazelle” but when filming was delayed she dropped out so she wouldn’t miss the Olympics.

151158389MT00198_2012_LondoInspired by the 2012 Paralympics in London, Matthew Vaughn wanted to have a character with a prosthetic leg similar to the ‘Flex-Foot Cheetah’ as worn by paralympian sprinters. At one point, Oscar Pistorius was approached about playing the role of ‘Gazelle’ and his representatives were asked if Pistorius could play a convincing killer. He later declined to take the role to focus on practicing for future sporting events. Sadly, in February 2013 (Valentine’s Day) Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Also in the film, Gazelle shoots someone through a door. Pistorius had shot Steenkamp through a door. The film is released around Valentine’s Day too.

Director Matthew VaughnDirector Matthew Vaughn withdrew from directing X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) in order to direct this movie instead. He decided to work on this film because he felt it was an opportunity too good to be passed up and would rather not see it filmed by someone else. While working on a treatment for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), he saw a work-in-progress version of the comic that Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons were working on. He told the studio that he wanted to do this film and then asked Bryan Singer, who produced X-Men: First Class (2011) whether they could swap duties. All parties consented to his idea on condition that Fox would distribute and finance this movie.

samuel L jackson kingsmanThe canvas shown in Richmond Valentines (Samuel L. Jackson) luxury mansion, is the same one Mark Strong has in his office in Kick-Ass (2010).

Kingsman-Underwater-SceneTaron Egerton got up to a size 88 kilos (194 pounds) and just 5 percent body fat for this film. He felt it was “necessary to show muscle definition if you are going to save the world.”

Leonardo DiCaprio Tom Cruise Idris ElbaStars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise and Idris Elba were considered for the role of arch-villain Richmond Valentine which in the end was cast with Samuel L. Jackson.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out Kingsman: The Secret Service Official Website and Facebook Page!
Kingsman: The Secret Service is out in cinemas on 12 February 2015.

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15 thoughts on “Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review”

  1. I honestly haven’t heard of the movie but upon checking the trailer and your review, it is quite interesting. I really admire actors who do their own stunts because in the film, it really shows; it looks more realistic than having doubles (some are pretty obvious).

  2. Its good to know about the making of the movie and also with the characters. Great review Tiffany, now I am curious to watch the movie.

  3. I went to see it in the movie theatre and loved it. Actually thinking of getting it on DVD when it comes out because I loved it so much.

  4. i still haven’t seen this movie. it has been on my to watch list ever since it came out. need to get a move on

  5. frankly speaking, i wouldn’t have thought taron had only 5% body fat while filming the movie. i thought 5% will look more… ‘solid’?
    anyway, i love this movie! action packed and also filled with humour!

  6. I loved this film! I thought it was fantastic and just what we need – we’ve seen all the Bond films and it was great to see a similar side with a different twist! Hope they will make more!

  7. This is my highest rated film of this year so far! Amazing spy stuff. Looking forward to a sequel. I never watched Nanny McPhee though because the poster looks too goofy for me. Hehe. – Fred

  8. I Love Paars by: Lee

    I have watched kingsman movie for like a dozen times. Eggsy is so gorgeous!!! And the film itself is good. A young james bond saving the world. And that princess at the end of the movie is so lucky,lol

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