‘Manners maketh man. Do you know what that means? Then let me teach you a lesson.’
Synopsis: Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to pick up and read the comic Kingsman is loosely based off of. Usually when movies are based off of a comic or graphic novel, I try to read the source material beforehand so I have a better idea. But luckily, I could care less because what Matthew Vaughn and his team were able to do with Mark Millar’s comic was flat out incredible, giving us the first great and entertaining movie of the new year.
For those of you who don’t know, Matthew Vaughn is also the mind behind both Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, intrigued yet? If there is anything that completely stands out about Kingsman, it’s the pure Matthew Vaughn style that is stamped all over the movie. There’s no doubt as you are watching that you can see the heavy influence 007 had, but just a bit more filthy, violent, and fun. For you spy thriller lovers out there who think Bond has gotten a little to dark and serious recently, Kingsman: The Secret Service is exactly what you’re looking for.
It gives us a more lighter and modern take on the formula set by 007 himself all those years ago, while also pushing and excelling at the limits and elements us audience members drool over so much. Vaughn was able to create a great pacing balance between comic style action with incredible (and I mean INCREDIBLE) camera work and character driven drama with a script that has its ‘save the world’ moments while being explicitly fun at the same time.
If you are one who thinks Kingsman looks like a cheaper version of a James Bond movie, you couldn’t be more wrong. With a visionary director (and writers), a stellar cast for even better characters, and a deep blueprint to base it off of – Kingsman is exactly what we’d hoped it be. High octane action, clever humor, slick style, savvy heroes, and killer spy gadgets; Kingsman: The Secret Service brings the filth, violence, and fun in the first enjoyable, entertaining, and must see movie of 2015.