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Kingsman: The Secret Service - Film Review

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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
Published February 17th 2015
Modern day knights save the day

A very, very secret service. Think James Bond with class and Dan Brown's 'Inferno' and you're on your way to an evening of improbable, frothy and brutal adventure. The headquarters of this spy organisation is at the back of a bespoke gentleman's outfitters. Entry is by invitation only.

After a drunken conversation in a pub with Mark Miller, the author of a comic book 'Kick Ass', Mathew Vaughn wrote the script for Kingsman. Colin Firth, after careful consideration was chosen for the lead character. 'Could he as a dapper guy kick ass? I think he pulled it off', said Vaughn. Indeed he does, in spades.

Eggsy [Taron Egerton], who unlike the rest of the Kinsmen, hasn't been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, has a special reason for being chosen to join the elite group who have a licence to kill, it seems by the dozen, to save King and country. There is a wonderful room full of 'weapons' to outfit the gentlemen. Do you wonder what happened to those no longer needed Dunhill lighters? Now they double as hand grenades. Special umbrellas have many uses, of cause they help you keep out of the rain, but also double as bulletproof shields. Even the shoes are lethal weapons [ok this has been done before in a James Bond movie, that time the 'baddie' had the shoes]. The bespoke suits are bulletproof and the black rimmed glasses are a must.

Now that they are suitably attired, off they go to fight the savage foe, in this case a very nasty villain called Valentine [Samuel L. Jackson] who for no apparent reason talks with a lisp, hates the sight of blood and wears very strange eyewear. Except for his chosen few, he wants to eliminate the human race. His choice of sidekick [Sofia Boutella] has razor sharp steal legs which she can and does use to cut a man in two.

Arthur [Michael Caine] is in charge of these modern-day knights of the round table. If you try to make sense of this film you will be disappointed. It's brutal, energetic and laugh out loud funny. A bunch of gentlemen ['being a gentleman is something you learn'] in Saville Row suits who are trained to kill. It is ridiculous and that is the intention. Heads explode to the tune of 'Land of Hope and Glory' and people die in their hundreds. Just remember it is based on a comic book, so relax and enjoy.
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When: Now showing
Phone: 31376000
Where: In cinemas
Cost: $18
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