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by Rebecca St Clair (subscribe)
Current Adelaide resident studying a Bachelor of Meda (Journalism) at UoA. Also, has a replica Hobbit sword so there is that.
Published January 28th 2015
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Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service


Please be aware this review may contain spoilers

Due to the wonders of winning competitions and premiere/preview nights, I bring you Kingsman: The Secret Service. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) Kingsman: The Secret Service is aiming to bring back the gentleman's spy movie, reminiscent of James Bond in the Sean Connery era. A tall order for most films, this film though could stand a chance in bringing it back.

Kingsman: The Secret Service Release Poster Wikipedia
Kingsman: The Secret Service theatrical release Poster


This movie is currently not rated in Australia. I predict based on what I have seen that it will at the very least be MA15 and for good reason. Please do not quote me on this and check the classification closer to the release date. The film contains violence, swearing and some sexual references. Admittedly the swearing goes no further then the F-bomb, the violence however is in some scenes often extreme (although very rarely truly gory as the villain is not a fan of blood).

The film stars a range of old and new faces including but not limited to, Colin Firth (The Kings Speech), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), Mark Strong (The Imitation Game) and Taron Egerton.

The ensemble is brilliant together and creates moments that are both amusing and action packed. They work together in a way that is truly in the style of the gentlemen spy movie.

Jackson's portrayal of the films villain Richmond Valentine is oddly creepy and truly a character that sets you on edge. It is obviously up to Jackson's high standard of acting and contains many subtle nuances to the performances, such as the slight lisp.

Firth's Harry Hart embodies the words "gentleman spy" in all sense of the words. It is in the way he talks, the way he moves and even in the way he fights. Firth delivers in his performance, as usual.

Eagerton is the new comer to this film. He is partnered with some big names and holds his ground well. He portrays the films main protagonist, a street chav (bogan) named Eggsy (Gary Unwin). Eggsy goes through the transformation from street thug to a true Kingsman agent. From tracksuits to tailored bespoke suits, from street thug to gentleman spy. Eagerton was a delight to watch as he transformed ans showed his characters softer side.

The fight scenes are truly something else. The are well choreographed, and are shot and edited in a way that makes them truly visually stunning. It is easy to recognise Vaughn's style of directing. My personal favourite would have to be Firth's first bar fight. The elegance as he moves through his opponents to take them all out in only enhanced by the camera angles. I also enjoyed seeing Eggsy's style of fighting evolve until he begins to fight like a Kingsman and less like a street thug.

In a movie whose focus is gentlemen spies the costuming is obviously going to pay an important role. This film again delivers with some amazing suits. It's not just the suits though that a gentleman spy wears, especially if they are in training. Each character had a distinctly different style of dress even if the world of Kingsman. The costuming was genuinely amazing and made me personally wish I could afford suits like that (even if I am a female).

Gadgets are hidden throughout the various costume pieces. Shot gun umbrella? Check. Watch dart gun? Check. Lighter that's actually a grenade? Also check. Finally a spy movie with some cool gadgets. The gadgets are fun and are used often with or instead of the standard shoot a gun and punch a guy fight scenes.

The music was again used to enhance an already brilliant movie.That is all I can really say on the matter or I may occidentally start spilling scenes and more detailed spoilers (people will not like me for that).

I can understand though that this film is not for everyone. As I said earlier in the piece the film contains swearing, sometimes extreme violence and sexual references (also a naked bottom). When going into a film like this please remember the rating before taking young children. The film is very obliviously geared towards a young adult audience who are out to enjoy a good spy movie.

Also, watch for references to other spy movies or other works that the main cast are in for a fun in movie game. You could even compare notes with the people you go with.

Is the return of the gentleman spy near? You tell me. But if this is the future then I am, honestly, rather excited.
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Why? A true gentlemen's spy movie. A wild ride from start to finish.
When: From February 5th
Where: A movie theatre near you
Your Comment
Sounds like there is lots to watch out for: a wonderful wardrobe, gadgets galore and subtle spy-genre suggestions. Thanks for your review.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4021) 1265 days ago
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