Kingsman: The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kickass, X-Men: First Class), is the first major action film of 2015, and it’s kicking off the start of the year with a bang. Focusing on Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton), a pleb from a low-income area of London, Kingsman takes us through he and his mentor Harry Hart’s (Colin Firth) journey into the secretive organization known as “Kingsmen.” Mixing humor with fast-paced action, the two hours of playtime fly by.
The Kingsman organization is comprised of gentlemen, so tailored suits along with other luxury items and settings set the tone of the movie, with a little inner-city punk thrown in by Eggsy. With locations ranging from Kentucky to London, the movie stays fresh and the pace never hits a slow point.
Vaughn is already well known for his action scenes, and it really shines in this movie. From long cut scenes to multi-fight scenes, the cinematography stays on point and never resorts to cheap tricks. If you go to see this with some friends, you’ll all be talking about that fight scene.
Egerton pleasantly surprised me; I wasn’t familiar with his work and went in with low expectations for his overall acting. He had a great emotional range, and with Firth plus a great script alongside him, he carried the story well. Firth showed us all how to be a British gentleman once again, mentoring Eggsy during training and pulling him away from the life of being a punk.
Kingsman was definitely an early surprise to start off the year. While not originally on my radar, it was thoroughly entertaining and definitely worth the price of admission.
5 out of 5 stars.