Kingsman: The Secret Service

Published May 29, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Film info

  • Title Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Director Matthew Vaughn
  • Year 2014
  • Run time 2hrs 9m
  • Genres Action, Comedy, Crime, Adventure
  • Tagline Manners maketh man

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.

Live blog

Time Comment
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.

Rating: 5/5.

Rating: 5 / 5

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