Title: Kingsman: The Secret Service Director: Matthew Vaughn Year: 2014 Run time: 2hrs 9m
“A super-secret organisation recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. A phenomenal cast, including Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, lead this action-packed spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).”
1:24 - Amazing chooon to start the film! 6:39 - Actual Luke flipping Skywalker. I can’t cope. 9:36 - Loving the hologram glasses. That beats conference calling any day. 11:38 - “With respect, you’re a snob.” 15:20 - Weirdest car chase ever. To the tune of Bonkers! 18:41 - It’s classified. Such a good excuse to not answer questions. 20:25 - “I’ve had a rather emotional day…” Totes emosh. 22:21 - Set umbrellas to stun. 22:45 - Dammit, my fancy pants watch doesn’t have an amnesia setting. 27:03 - I got one of the three films. 29:17 - Hyperloop! 37:15 - The water thing was terrifying, nightmares upcoming I think. 39:50 - Pug puppy Squeee! 47:02 - So Valentine is basically Google, only he forgot the “don’t be evil” bit. 53:58 - Not being funny, but this film is full of nightmares. 56:34 - “They’re all a little bit serious for my taste, these days.” Love it when a film goes meta. 1:04:33 - The precise nature of his Sun wallpaper is beautiful. 1:16:35 - I don’t think he could kidnap our Royal Family, people follow them around so much! 1:18:35 - Hail Satan! 1:27:30 - You can always tell when Michael Caine is acting spicious. 1:31:34 - That plane taking off is a mashup of Thunderbirds and X-Men. 1:37:54 - I’m calling shenanigans on being able to land in the side of a mountain like that. 1:41:46 - So many references in this last sequence and yet all I’m thinking about is where Iggy is? 1:47:30 - Kingsman Kid. 1:53:45 - I know she’s bad but Gazelle is incredible. 2:02:05 - Genius callback at the end.
From the trailer, I thought this was a fun little film, very much like Kick-Ass except for spies, but I hadn’t anticipated the great story and the self-awareness that made it what it was. Packed full with a fantastic cast, some great cameos, and plenty of little inside jokes and secrets, it grabs you right from the start and pulls you in.
Now, I did have some trouble with the finer points of the plot - probably due to an alcoholic beverage or two. It wasn’t complicated, but I was so distracted by the great bits I couldn’t concentrate on the over-arching bad guy plan. Whilst it was fun, there were also some unique little surprises of seriousness peppered in there - I properly loved the scene where Eggsy confronts Merlin about the missing parachute only to be proved very wrong. And the pug!
Highly recommended, and totally worth a second watch.