Kingsman The Secret Service

I’m not even sure where to begin or how to write this review.  A friend and I were out on Sunday, and we decided to go see a movie.  Neither of us had seen Kingsman: The Secret Service yet, but we both had heard good things about it, so we decided to go see that.  I, for one, did not quite expect the movie to be what it was.

This is a hard review to write without giving away spoilers.  We had been at a baseball game before we decided to go see Kingsman, and as we were leaving we ran into two girls that my friend knew, so we asked them about it.  Apparently they hadn’t liked it, and thought it was too “vulgar”.  Hmm, intriguing.  We had heard good reviews from pretty much everywhere else.

As Kingsman started out, it reminded me a bit of the movie Men in Black.  Young guy gets recruited into a secret agency and has to pass a bunch of tests to be the one selected for the position they have open.  Sounds familiar, right?  Only this movie doesn’t have aliens.  What does it have?  Samuel L. Jackson.  Yep, he plays the pretty hysterical character of a tech genius with lots of money and a lisp.  The lisp is very noticeable and memorable, and just makes the character a little more interesting.

Colin Firth plays our recruit’s sponsor as he goes through training and testing for this secret agency.  His character actually turns out to be very likable and appealing.  And he kicks some pretty serious butt.  To try to sum up the plot of Kingsman without giving anything away, let’s just say that Samuel L. Jackson’s villain comes up with a plot to destroy most of the world. And the Kingsman service takes on the challenge of stopping him.

Kingsman started out almost a little serious in the beginning and got funnier and crazier as it went along. I liked it, but I can see how it wouldn’t be for everyone.  I’m not sure vulgar is the right word, but it did get a bit graphic in spots.  My friend compared it to Quentin Tarantino films, and I could see the similarities. At any rate, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon, and an interesting story that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  If you don’t mind a bit of gratuitous violence, I would definitely recommend it.