Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –
Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on the comic series by Mark Millar and David Gibbons. This super-spy satire has the styling of James Bond only with more super gadgets – which you will love.
Dapper agent Harry Hart, aka Galahad, (Colin Firth) recruits Eggsy (newcomer Taron Egerton), the underachieving son of a fallen agent, to join the super-secret spy world of the Kingsman while trying to stop the evil tech billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) from destroying the world.
Working-class Eggsy does not really fit the typical profile as the other prep-school recruits. But his rebellious ways come in handy once he goes up against Valentine and his henchwoman, Gazelle (Sofia Boutella).
Firth is exceptional as the suave international man of mystery, who is a real joy to watch. At 54, it is great to watch him portray such heroic action with command and prowess.
Michael Caine protrays “Arthur,” the leader of this super-secret spy organization. His talent as an actor is unfortunately underused and undervalued in his role. Egerton is impressive as he takes on a “My Fair Lady” transformation with charm and class.
The lisping Jackson is over-the-top as the film’s bad guy, but lacks a true villainous style.
The violence in the film does get to be a little too much towards the end, but is shown in mostly slow motion.
Kingsman is an entertaining mix of James Bond and Naked Gun; including some high-octane action, awesome weapons, and perfectly stirred cocktails.
R for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content
Run Time: 1 hr. 40 min.