Score: 8.5 out of 10.
Not only is Kingsman gaining critical and fan success but it did surprising numbers, pulling in about $36 million at the domestic box-office this past weekend. It’s worldwide total to this date has been $88 million exceeding its production budget of $81 million. That is huge for a rated-R movie in today’s movie landscape that is mostly overran by PG-13 action blockbusters. Kingsman is not only doing itself as a franchise a service by being successful but it also proves to producers and movie studios that you can make rated-R movies and have them be financially successful. However it all depends on the movie; how it’s marketed, how it’s received by fans and critics and whether it’s actually good or not, which can build up word-of-mouth. Kingsman was effective in accomplishing all of these feats, making it an important movie for filmmakers and fans.
For those who aren’t familiar with Kingsman: The Secret Service, it is a comic book adaptation based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons series titled The Secret Service. The movie takes some liberties from the comics but still is heavily based on them. Here’s a plot synopsis of the movie from IMDB:
A spy organization 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.
There is obviously a lot more to the story of the film but I try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Kingsman: The Secret Service is fun! Which is a great compliment to give a movie, especially when not enough movies have fun these days and they take themselves way too seriously. I had a blast watching this movie and it’s evident that Matthew Vaughn knows how to please viewers with his unique style of directing. The epic-fast-paced action sequences, the witty dialogue, the ability to use gore and language without limitations (thanks to the R-rating) are all reasons that makes Kingsman highly enjoyable and one of the funnest movies to hit theaters in a while.
To understand the tone of the movie you don’t have to do much other than look back at Matthew Vaughn’s last two movies, X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass. In a good way, Kingsman is a mixture of these two movies in my opinion. Being that I loved both films, you can imagine how much I enjoyed Kingsman and it has elevated my opinion of director Matthew Vaughn. While it was similar to his previous movies though, it was it’s own film and even though it’s a play on the whole spy genre it was very unique and unpredictable. That was one of the great things about this movie, is that I had no idea what was going to happen next and while most modern films have predictable plot points, Kingsman was great at shocking the audience. Speaking of shocking, the shock-value is what makes Kingsman so appealing and when you can visually please the audience while keeping them enthralled in the story line, then you have done something special.
In my title for this article I stated that Kingsman: The Secret Service is “the movie that Hollywood has been missing” and it couldn’t be more true in my opinion. One of the problems with Hollywood and the film industry is the absence of financially successful R-rated movies. While comedies like Neighbors and 22 Jump Street have proven to be viable box-office films, there has been no recent success in rated-R action films and Kingsman: The Secret Service can be the beginning of a change in the movie industry as a whole. I personally think this is important to movies overall and it’s great to finally see a difference-maker.
I highly recommend Kingsman: The Secret Service if you can’t tell, so get out and see it if you haven’t yet! If you have seen it, let us know your thoughts on the film in the comment section. Also, do you agree with me on the importance of a rated-R movie like Kingsman being a hit?