Kingsman: The Secret Service

"Since 1849, Kingsman Tailors have clothed the world's most powerful individuals. In 1919, a great number of them had lost their heirs to World War I. That meant a lot of money going uninherited. And a lot of powerful men with the desire to preserve peace and protect life. Our founders realized that they could channel that wealth and influence for the greater good. And so began our adventure. An independent international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion. Without the politics and bureaucracy that undermine the intelligence of government-run spy organisations. A suit is the modern gentleman's armour. And the Kingsman agents are the new knights."   - Harry Hart

release year: 2015
genre: spy action
viewing setting: home Bluray 8/12/17 and 4/11/16

synopsis: A young punk is introduced into a super-secret super-spy organization and ends up helping save the world from an insane billionaire's plot.

impressions: Outstanding surprise great film! (This means that I knew nothing about it beforehand, but loved it.) Some people call this a comedy/spy or comedy/action movie, but I don't agree. It was quite serious most of the time, with a ton of action and killing, and occasional humorous lines or situations. The basic idea was that there's a secret organization of super-spies to keep things under control in the world. They have superior training, deadly fighting skills, and plenty of weapons and gadgets. This movie was fun in the way that recent Bond films haven't been, and I was glad to learn that this one made a lot of money and was critically well-received.

acting: Colin Firth is the main older agent, and does a great job as a gentleman spy. Taron Egerton is very convincing as the young protege who learns and matures, and by the end of the movie it's hard to remember what the character was like at the beginning. Samuel Jackson is outstanding as the over-the-top billionaire villain. Mark Strong is also good as a senior agent. Michael Caine is the oldest of the agents, who now leads them. Sofia Boutella is an evil henchwoman with lethally sharp prosthetic legs.

final word: Great fun action/spy movie, highly recommended!

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