Kingsman: The Secret Service, also known as that movie with the long uninteresting title that no one can remember, is the latest movie by director Matthew Vaughan, who also directed X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, and is based on a comic by Mark Millar, who wrote, among other things, the Kick-Ass comics. This movie has a lot of similarities to both of those films. It has the same feel of light-hearted, heightened reality fun, mixed with a lot of the meta-commentaries on the genre. It’s essentially a modern day self aware spy thriller, and they even go out of their way to mention the old Roger Moore Bond movies. I knew pretty much what kind of movie I was in for going into the theatre, having seen lots of ads, but one thing that threw me was the R rating. (Technically 14A in Canada). I thought it was going to be more kid friendly, and when people started throwing around f-bombs and blood started to fly everywhere it was really a pleasant surprise. The movie had some really great action sequences, which were not only bloody and fun to watch, but were also some of the best shot fight scenes I’ve seen a while. There’s lots of long takes, and most of the actors do all their own stunts. They use excellent choreography to make fights believable, instead of using quick cuts so that you can’t tell what’s happening. I kind of wish all action movies were shot like this. As for the cast, the main kid was likeable, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that Colin Firth steals the whole show. He’s really fun to watch, and some of the stunts he actually does himself are pretty impressive. I sort of which he got more screentime. Samuel L. Jackson was also pretty entertaining as a villain, but he’s chewing scenery pretty hard and the lisp he does kept making me laugh. The only major flaw of this movie, other than a few minor plotholes I noticed, was how nuts everything got in the last act. Kick Ass had a similar problem with the whole jetpack thing. It’s not the worst thing ever, but the movie gets a little carried away with itself. If you liked either Kick Ass or X-Men: First Class, you’ll probably like this. And if you haven’t seen either of those but you like fun stylized over the top action that doesn’t require you to take it too seriously, then I guarantee you this is a good time at the movies. Especially for fucking February.
Overall Rating: Roger Moore/10