Kingsman: Secret Service

The KINGSMAN: SECRET SERVICE is an action/comedy about a British super secret spy organization that has just lost one agent and is looking for a replacement

KINGSMAN tells the story of the well-mannered British spy, Harry Hart nicknamed Galahad (played by Colin Firth) and his decision to take the rebellious young teenager, “Eggsy” (played by Taron Egerton) under his wing. Director Matthew Vaughn approaches the somewhat standard story arc of the transformation of a young man into a gentleman in an irreverent and bold way that keeps the relationship between the two feeling fresh and unique.

This is a new and different roll for Colin Firth generally he plays the romantic lead in movies such as PRIDE AND PREJUDICE or BRIDGET JONES DIARY. He does action very well and he looks wonderful as the well-tailored Galahad. Just a little trivia: Colin Firth attended school in Hazelwood, MO when his father was a visiting teacher at Hazelwood.

KINGSMAN is Taron Egerton’s first full length feature film. He is a very cute and charming young man with a very promising career ahead of him. You can expect to see this talented young actor a lot of films in the future.

Mark Strong, who generally plays the villain is “Merlin” a good guy for a change and rounding out the cast is Michael Cain, who played Arthur, the head of the Secret Service.

Samuel L. Jackson as the villain Valentine is a very convincing bad guy. Sophia Boutella is his kung fu-kicking evil co-conspirator, Gazelle, with prosthetic swords for feet was very frightening. One good kick and she could slice a man in two or decapitate you in a second.

Based on the comic book, The Kingsman, by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, the movie was scripted by Jane Goodman and Matthew Vaughn and was directed by Matthew Vaughn. I found it very reminiscent of the James Bond movies…outlandish but fun and full of action. KINGSMAN even had a selection of unique lethal weapons at the disposal of the good guys.

This movie is not for the faint of heart; there is a lot of spilling of blood, killing and dismantling of body parts. The “F-bomb” is used frequently by the villain.

KINGSMAN is a gloriously British comedy, which may not be to everyone’s taste. Expect nothing less than an over the top, slick, sexy, violent and silly spy thriller.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.