Sunday, July 19, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Today we are going to watch a really fun movie and this one can be described by lots of exclamation points!   !!!!!!!!!!!

Today's film is Kingsman: The Secret Service. This movie only exists to be fun. It can also be described as gloriously self-aware. I will get to that in a minute.

So the story focuses on Eggsy, that's his name, I don't know why he's called that. His dad was in the Kingsman, they're like secret agents.  All the Kingsman are named after knights, like Galahad and Lancelot. Eggsy's dad is killed during a mission, and his dad's friend feels super guilty about it.  So guilty in fact, that later he recommends the adult Eggsy to replace a recently deceased agent.

Eggsy has to go do some competition/training type thing to become the new agent.  Does he make it? No, but he's going to become an agent anyway because he's the star!

Now, what did I mean by "gloriously self-aware"?  Well, there's a reason this movie was made, and in fact it is discussed in the movie itself.  Harry/Galahad and the villain (played by Samuel L Jackson) talk about spy movies.  Harry says that they are too serious and he misses the old Bond movies.  The new Bond movies really are too serious, and we are missing the fun and adventure of the old ones.  This film is meant to emulate the old movies and bring back the fun of watching spy movies.  The action is way over the top, there are tons of fight scenes, and lots and lots of gun violence.

It's also funny sometimes. Like his main weapon is a super umbrella that shoots things and is bulletproof.  What.  Also, their shoes have a knife in them, but they also used to have a phone as well. I do like that Harry mentions that they don't use the tablets because the technology of the real world caught up to them.  I thought it was cool how Bond had a cell phone in his movies in the 60's, but now everyone has one so it's not special. There's a lot more hidden nods to other spy movies and shows and I think it'll take more than one viewing to find them all.  I will give this film an 8/10.


  1. I saw this one on a plane and that is a perfect place to see it. It is silly, but as you said, gloriously self aware and fun.

  2. I really enjoyed this one, too. And I agree that the Bond movies aren't as fun as they used to be.