Movie Review: “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

Alisa Posey, staff writer

The action packed comedy directed by Matthew Vaughn, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a movie you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. The film’s namesake, Kingsman, is a secret service organization. A young boy named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and his mother are visited by a secret agent named Galahad (Colin Firth), who is bringing them a medal in honor for his father’s sacrifice for the team. On the back of the medal there is a phone number for them to call if case they ever need anything. Years later the secret agency loses another agent, leaving a position vacant. They have to recruit a new agent. Eggsy becomes a candidate out of a group of other young adults like him, competing for the position. In the mean time Kingsman has been investigating a man named Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson). He is a villain with a list and has a plan to reduce the population of the world. The Kingsman agents do what they can to make sure they can fix the problems Valentine has already caused.

This film was has a great balance of action and comedy. It’s definitely a good reason to check out this film. Another interesting thing is that the angles of the camera, especially during fighting scenes. In most action films, the camera gets very shaky and confusing. Kingsman took that affect but did it just right, in such a way most action films can’t seem to accomplish. There was no confusion and no distractions. There was nothing that could take you away for being engaged in the film.

The movie’s concept of candidate competition and training made me think of the film “X-MEN: The Last Stand.” The way in which the characters communicated with each other also gave it that feel. Nonetheless, watching “Kingsman,” your eyes will be on the screen from start to finish. Also, you’ll be able to watch Samuel L. Jackson talk with a lisp. Pretty interesting.