Kingsman: The Secret Service- No brains, All blood and smiles
Nobody likes a clichéd story. We all want something new and exciting. The biggest problem with Kingsman is that the story couldn’t have been more formulaic. We see a young boy, whose father is a decorated spy, going on a waywardly path but rescued by his father’s colleague who sees potential in him. But Matthew Vaughn has somehow managed to make this story a power packed entertainer.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a modern day tribute to Bond movies. Or rather every spy movie ever made. Hence it has picked up pieces from each of them. The movie heavily lacks a concrete plot. Every twist can be seen coming from a mile away (and somehow the story is eerily like the 2009 Star Trek movie). The movie revolves around an independent secret service organisation’s attempts to stop a super villain from destroying the world. Genius.
But this movie made me realise something rather important. It’s not the clichéd stories that fail to impress us. It is the clichéd way of making these movies. Come to think of it, a majority of the movies we watch and enjoy can be traced to a common base plot. The way the movie is made, makes us differentiate the good ones from the bad. Matthew Vaughn has infused his entertaining style with British class to deliver this epic action movie. The laughs that it provides ensures that there is barely a moment we are not engaged.
The movie is not for the faint hearted though. It is quite the violent episode. The entire film is one massive killing spree. Add to that some popular music, and we have scenes that might one day become cult classics. Especially one scene, where Colin Firth shows a side never seen before, in a 3 minute rampage of mere blood and guitar solos.
Kingsman benefits from a stellar cast. Colin Firth is unimaginably classy and probably the best actor in the movie. Aaron Egerton does proper justice to his role and shows good potential. Samuel L Jackson stands on a separate level altogether. This villain starts off as a confusing and slightly annoying character, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. He runs the show in this movie. He embodies the perfect lunatic megalomaniac who is so crazy, that he is hilarious. His swagger is uncontainable. Mark Strong continues his fantastic acting. He also enjoys fantastic dialogues.
Talking about dialogues, Kingsman drips with the classic British wit. The exchanges, though at times comical, are highly enjoyable. The camera work is highly impressive and helps bringing out the action scenes in a slick and stylish fashion.
If you’ve seen Mathew Vaughn’s movies like the Kickass series, then you know what to expect. For others, leave your brains at the entrance, don’t over analyse and you’ll have a fun 2 hour ride. It may seem hypocritical that a person reviewing a movie asks one to not analyse, but sometimes movies are made in such a fashion that you just have to do so.
Kingsman might be shaky, but definitely well stirred.