Kingsman: The Secret Service shows to be the opposite of the seriousness in today’s modern spy films, the movie happily exhibits a more comedic element rather than an all serious and deep storyline. It is about dashing and elegant English gentlemen equipped in a variety of spy tools disguised as everyday dapper equipments to defeat a mad villain with an evil plan to kill millions of people around the world.
Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a good but a happy-go-lucky child who is living in an apartment together with his abusive stepdad and loving mom meets Harry Hart and becomes his mentor. Later he knew that his biological father, who died when he was 2 years old, had a secret identity. He was a spy, a Kingsman, and now that Eggsy has come to age, the mysterious group has invited him for training to follow his father’s footsteps.
The Kingsman is a well-funded and highly advanced secret society who are not connected with any government group. According to the film, it was founded by a group of high-end tailors looking to maintain world peace and to willingly ensure that the market will know them as a shop for their fancy and dapper equipments. In an Ender’s Game style, this is where Eggsy will train and compete for that typical one open slot on the team.
During Eggsy’s training, Hart investigates the mysterious death behind his colleague which leads him to one of the world’s top tech billionare Valetine (Samuel L. Jackson), who has a high-tech and weird plan to save the world from global warming. This involves sim cards, Samsung smartphones, Lenovo laptops and hate for Apple products (insert product placements in movies rant here).
The film basically states that spy movies has gotten too serious. It seeks to change the standard a bit, by providing a new set of spies dressed in suits equipped with spy equipments and humor. It also provides, a villain with a good motive but with an evil execution to save world accompanied by a henchman that uses razor blades in her prosthetic limbs to slice people in pieces.
One flaw in this movie is it’s long runtime that halfway in the movie you’ll realize why is this taking so long. There is so much time spent in Eggsy’s character development and less time in the actually plot building. The time turning him to an incredible super spy doesn’t really matter a whole lot in the end. The comedy scenes can’t even support the length of the film. The film can’t even produce a single female character to care about that will make you say that the time isn’t really worth it.
Kingsman: The Secret Service has fight scenes that are very well staged. The acting is solid in all the characters. It isn’t for the politically correct or the faint of Heart. But, if you don’t mind the long runtime, if you’re on its groovy, dapper, and twisted mindset, it’s a one hell of a blast.