Kingsman: The Secret Service | Movie Review 27 Feb 2015   312


Cast: Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Jack Davenport, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson
Direction: Matthew Vaughn
Genre: Action
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India:

Colin Firth’s performance as an action man is nothing short of a revelation. When the impeccably-suited Harry first meets Eggsy while the latter is a young boy, he gives him a medal bearing an engraved telephone number, for whenever Eggsy is in dire circumstances. Many years later, Eggsy, now directionless , dials it after a squabble with the law, gives the secret code ( ” Oxfords, not Brogues ” ) and is freed from police custody, no questions asked.
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A boy loses his father in a secret service operation gone sideways and becomes street-smart. A colleague, whose life the father saved, seeks out the boy year later, offering to mentor him, a la My Fair Lady (inside joke, just watch the film) and make him a gentleman spy. But first… there will be death-defying tests and then, membership to a very secret society. But, an evil tech genius has to be dealt with first.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service’ does to comic book movies what ‘Kick Ass’ did to, well, comic book movies. It kicks ample amount of ass. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, who is responsible for some of the freshest, most entertaining modern action films like ‘Layer Cake’, ‘X Men First Class’ and the aforementioned ‘Kick Ass’, ‘Kingsman’ delivers by the truckloads. The film is a proto-parody of the Bond films, but is also kind of similar to the ‘X Men’ film that Vaughn directed.
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NDTV Movies:

If you don’t mind the church full of parishioners who are slaughtered to the sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” or the “Arab terrorists” who are blown to smithereens or the guns that are pointed at pet dogs or the human heads that explode like firebombed melons as Pomp and Circumstance plays, it may be possible to enjoy Kingsman: The Secret Service. That said, as this bludgeoning movie grinds to a halt, its gears clogged by viscera and narrative overkill, even those who enjoy go-go gore may end up yearning for the soft touch and subtleties of Guy Ritchie.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spectacle of cartoon violence and irreverent humor; it’s exactly the sort of wildly entertaining experience that we go to the movies for. This cheeky send-up of classic James Bond films cements director Matthew Vaughn’s reputation as one of the most inventive filmmakers working today, and one with a gift for subverting popular genres to refreshing effect.
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The Indian Express:

A CORNER of a foreign field will be now for ever England. For there fell Colin Firth. And in the cause of a sort-of spy film that is more wannabe-Jason Bourne than James Bond, even while professing Jack Bauer. And yet it all begins so promisingly, featuring suits (as in Savile Row), shoes (as in “Oxfords, not Brogues”), umbrella (as in long, black, utilitarian), ring (as in worn on the little finger), and Guinness (as in the beer) — all on the person of Firth’s Galahad.
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