WRITTEN BY: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
DIRECTED BY: Matthew Vaughn
STARRING: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong
RATING: 4 stars
Based on a comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service is about a secret spy organisation that recruits a street-kid named Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) into the agency's competitive training program just as the world starts to come under threat from evil technology billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson). Under the tutelage of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), Eggsy trains hard to escape his abusive home and become a super spy.
Director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn did great things with Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class, and now he can add Kingsman: The Secret Service to his impressive resume. The film is hilarious, crude, violent, ridiculous and so much fun. Be warned that this is not a film for children, especially the final half hour where sexual references abound.
Firth suits his character perfectly with his English charm and suave demeanour. Egerton is a relative newcomer to feature films and is a likeable young leading man. Michael Caine appears in a supporting role as a senior figure in the agency and Mark Strong also features as a fellow spy who is a bit of a tech geek, while Mark Hamill has a small but pivotal role. All three stalwart actors are convincing. Jackson has some very funny moments but his lisp becomes a little annoying and less effective in garnering laughs.
What makes the film so entertaining is the way it mocks the spy and action genres without being mean. I certainly laughed out loud a lot while watching Kingsman: The Secret Service and you probably will too.