Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to throwing out the moral compass following outings with Kick-Ass and Layer Cake as well as assisting Guy Ritchie on Snatch and Lock Stock. It’s no surprise therefore that his latest instalment, Kingsman: The Secret Service, is just as captivatingly violent and shocking.
Kingsman follows the story of a secret spy organisation (if the title hadn’t given that away). Harry Hart (Colin Firth) plays the Roger Moore Bond-esque Kingsman agent and, much like the traditional 007 franchise, oozes class and swagger. He takes Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), a troubled council homed youngster, under his wing in order to teach him how to become a gentleman and a secret agent.
Meanwhile, Harry is investigating the intentions of Richmond Valentine (Samuel Jackson’s lisping villain) who has his own concept of “saving” the world.
Even the biggest 007 enthusiasts will admit that the modern Bournification of James Bond is missing the charm and cheek, as well as a host of gadgets that once upon a time it was famous for. Well Kingsman more than makes up for that, with the added ingredients of foul language and entertaining violence thanks to Vaughn’s twist.
Kingsman is also backed with a strong, mainly British based cast. Watching Firth, you can’t help but think he’s been itching for this type of role for years and he seems to thrive immensely. His right hand man, Egerton, holds his own alongside some big names and fits perfectly into the Hit-Girl type role with a grace of cheek and charm. Michael Caine plays the head of the spy organisation, while Mark Strong also features.
Kingsman is no world-beater but it’s a seriously fun, typically explosive Vaughn movie. It’s a refreshing and unique take on the spy genre and one that is well worth being shocked by.