Kingsman: the Secret Service (2014)

Rating: 6.5/10

Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is recruited by a secret agent named Galahad (Colin Firth) in order to stop the terrorist Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and save Professor Arnold (Mark Hamill). And Eggsy has to complete his training and save the professor before Valentine destroys the world!

This action-packed movie has a lot of laughs as well, and some pretty great, well-choreographed fight scenes. It’s not the most complicated plot, and for the most part it has just enough story to keep it moving from one action scene to the next. Still, I appreciate it when an action film made this decade chooses not to overload it with CGI and instead do (mostly) everything with practical effects. Also, there’s a pretty great group fight scene set in a church that I feel everyone should watch at some point just because it’s so well done. It uses the guitar solo from Freebird in a way that’s amazing, fun, and brutal all at once. It’s kind of disappointing though since nothing else in this movie is quite as enjoyable, or as well made. Okay, that’s not entirely true. The action is pretty good outside of the church scene.

The story is that some evil guy wants cell phones to create a sound that suddenly makes everyone berserk and try to kill the people around them, no matter who they are. Then, he’s going to send it all out at once and essentially destroy the world because everyone has a cell phone now right? It just feels a bit too contrived and a bit too convenient. I’m more than a little tired of things that threaten the world in any movie. Really, stop it. Our world hasn’t really been threatened by anything in a long time, and the human race hasn’t been in great danger since the bubonic plague, and that was mostly Europeans, so even if it had wiped out “everything” people from everywhere else in the world would have been fine and humans would have survived. Can we just scale it down a bit? Don’t threaten the world, threaten a person, or a family, or a city. Arrow has to save Starling City once per season and I’m still not tired of it, but history has shown that cities can and do get wiped out, I have yet to see the world end, but movies would have you believe Earth is being threatened once per week (at least). This movie is a lot of fun to watch, but it doesn’t do anything plot or story-wise to make it stand out in the spy or superhero genre.

SCORING:

+7: Fun to watch

+1.5: Totally awesome church scene and a couple of other fights work well throughout the film

-1: a little too much phoning it in on the story front

-1: can we please just stop with the end-of-the-world-machine plot? I’d rather the villain were kidnapping Superman’s mom to force him to fight Batman or something. It’s so cliche at this point, please stop.

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