Flash Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

There are times where a dark cloud does not have a silver lining or an oyster has a pearl. A saying I like is “never judge a book by its cover.” I am sure all of us have been in a situation where you did not understand what your friend saw in their boyfriend or girlfriend. I have a friend who used to date a man I found crude and rude. Whenever we were invited to a party where there was food, he would be the first one and the last one to grab whatever was on the table. Not once did I ever hear him ask if anyone wanted anymore before he finished off the platter. If games were played he would be ultra-competitive, concerned only with winning and vanquishing his opponents. It was never a fun time. Where I felt it wasn’t my place to tell her that her boyfriend was a jerk, I had a friend who made his feelings known by telling me he hated the person I was dating. I finally had to sit him down and tell him I was uncomfortable with his actions. His reasons for the strong feelings were based on things that meant nothing to me. I saw kindness, humor and beauty inside of them; but I realize not everyone sees the same things because we do not walk in each other’s shoes.    SUPER secret agent Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth (The Railway Man, The King’s Speech) had a hunch there was something more behind the tough talking streetwise kid Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, played by Taron Egerton (Testament of Youth, The Smoke-TV). With a new threat looming could Harry transform “Eggsy” in time to join the agency, despite his fellow agents’ concerns. This action adventure film was pure fun. Written and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, X-Men: First Class), I enjoyed many aspects of this movie. The story was flavored with humor and I liked the idea of British gentlemen as spies. It reminded me of the character John Steed from an old TV show called The Avengers. Also included in the cast was Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Merlin and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction) as Valentine; they were perfect for their roles. The fight scenes did not have a dark edge which made them more high-tech treats; I tend to be fond of ordinary gadgets that have a dual purpose. Personally I would not mind if the movie studio made a sequel because I appreciated the way this comedy set out in the trailers what it planned to do; make a fun throwback type of secret agent film. What you see is what you get. There were scenes of blood and violence.


3 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 17, 2015, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. This is a movie I’m looking forward to seeing, though I probably won’t be able to see it until it’s available on the small screen. It sounds from your review that I won’t be disappointed.

  2. Yay! Finally a good movie I can look forward too!

  3. I loved this movie.. But I must say..for the first time..I’m not sure I understand the 1st part of your review..the correlation between your story of boyfriends/girlfriends that weren’t liked by others and being jerks and competitive and then the movie review. I’m sorry, it might be just me on this one..but I’m a curious sort..so I have to ask.. hope you don’t mind as you know usually I get it right off and always like your reviews so much..and not that I don’t like this one, I just don’t understand it. I’m also blonde so that might even make more sense as to why I don’t. 🙂

    • What I intended to convey in the first part of my review essentially was not to judge a book by its cover. An example was talking about being in a relationship where one of your friends dislikes your choice, without getting to know the individual. I apologize if this did not come across; I wonder if it would make more sense after one sees the film. Also,I know your hair color has nothing to do with not understanding this review. If nothing else you have good taste for even coming by here to leave your comments. lol Thanks so much and if I still am not making sense please let me know.

      • hahaha I like to use the ‘blonde hair’ as a good fake excuse for things..hahahaha I get it a little more with your explanation here.. thanks for that.. and yeah..I mean if I DIDN’T come here and read your reviews.. now that would be just plain silly! ha! I love them! Cheers!

  4. I was looking forward to this and then I saw it and was blown away! so nice and refreshing to get a film that is fun and *GASP* not dark! it isn’t perfect but it is a treat! hopefully they do make a sequel…lol and release it the same weekend as that 50 shades sequel for another showdown…lol

  5. Loved how you linked the personal anecdote there. Was really quite clever and I didn’t see where the link would be. As for the film, loved it! Fantastic. I’m hoping for a franchise too.

  6. I was interested to read what you thought of this movie. I went to see it yesterday with my wife. It was a last minute thing so I was in the very rare position of not knowing anything about it before I watched except the name — not even the stars or the genre. I thought the violence could have been toned down a little, but overall I enjoyed it. It helps that I’ve always liked Colin Firth and Michael Caine.

    • Thank you for telling me your experiences with this film. Like you I enjoy watching Colin and Michael; they made this film. And congrats for having a free moment to go on a date with your wife to the movies. Make it a habit, lol.

  7. My husband and I watched this movie the other night on TV so I thought I would come back and share my opinion. We thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was really tightly constructed and engaging throughout. There were no slow scenes, no flab. The fight scenes were very creative and well orchestrated, the characters were fun, and the violence was balanced out by the humour. There was a bit much swearing for my taste, especially since I find bad language gets in the way of dialogue but otherwise it was great fun.

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