Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Taran Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Sofia Boutella, Michael Caine, Mark Strong Movie Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Taran Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Gentlemen Agents are Dressed to Kill

Eggsy's (Taron Egerton) father died when he was just a small boy but since then life has dealt him a bum deal with a jerk of a step-father and ending up in trouble with the cops after a joyride incident. But that is when an old face returns, the charming Harry Hart (Colin Firth) who is part of a secret organization of gentlemen agents know as the Kingsman and who owes Eggsy as it was his father who saved his life. Now Eggsy has the chance of becoming part of the exclusive Kingsman organisation, overseen by Arthur (Michael Caine) and Merlin (Mark Strong). But there is trouble on the horizon in the shape of tech billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and his lethal assistant Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) as he believes to save the planet we need to kill 95% of the population and he has a cunning plan.

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" is one of those movies where I have an inkling time will tell. What I am on about is right now I really enjoyed "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in truth I watched it a second time just a few days after I watched it the first time and I know that if I have another free evening anytime soon I might watch it again. But then I know another movie will come along which I enjoy just as much and that will take over from being at the top of my watch again list. And I say this because right now I am impressed with "Kingsman: The Secret Service" but going on similar experiences I reckon in a year's time I probably won't have the same enthusiasm for it, it is that sort of popular entertainment which doesn't have the legs to have the same power in years to come.

Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

But anyway I kind of got side tracked and as I said I enjoyed "Kingsman: The Secret Service" as it is just a nice update on the secret agent movies of the 80s and 90s, yes a bit like James Bond but a lot more contemporary with style, humour and attitude. It is a wonderful mix as on one hand you have Harry Hart as the suave gentleman agent but there is something tongue in cheek about him but on the other side you have Eggsy with his less suave use of words but again there is something tongue in cheek about him. Yet none of the tongue in cheek nature is over the top, there are no stupid gags or reliance on pure obscenity to deliver laughs there is just this wonderful tongue in cheek nature played with that sense of knowingly funny but not for laughs.

In truth "Kingsman: The Secret Service" relies heavily on this tongue in cheek nature of the characters to entertain which extends to Samuel L. Jackson's amusing turn as Valentine. But it leads me to what may be the thing which holds "Kingsman: The Secret Service" from having longevity which is the whole evil genius storyline as whilst it certainly has some amusing as well as shocking action, thanks to Gazelle and her blades, it almost was too routine despite the creativity of various scenes. And that is it, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is creative with scenes, it is also funny and has an appealing cast but when those things wear off what do you have left with, maybe it is enough but for me I feel some thing different might have turned this from being a really good movie at the moment to one which will still be really good in years to come.

What this all boils down to is that "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is simply entertaining, in fact entertaining enough I am sure that after you watched it the first time you will want to watch it again. But for me there is some thing about "Kingsman: The Secret Service" which makes me think there will be a point where the fun will become tired and the underlying storyline won't give the movie any longevity.