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Rated R · 129 min. · 2015

Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller



—Bumbling everyman Colin Firth takes a surprisingly convincing alpha-turn as Harry Hart (aka Galahad), a super-spy posing as a Savile Row-like tailor. Firth is unflappably cool, crisp as a pleat, and commits brutal acts in impeccable style. The film tells the story of how a working-class teenager called Eggsy (Taron Egerton)—intelligent, but with hoodlum affectations—becomes an unlikely recruit for Galahad's Kingsmen through a dangerous competition with other recruits. The complicating factor is Valentine, a tech tycoon (Samuel L. Jackson) with an evil plan and a ludicrous lisp. This exuberant pastiche of spy movies shakes (not stirs) its Bond with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Kick-Ass, another film adapted by Matthew Vaughn from a comic book series by Mark Millar, with which it shares its garish spasms of comic-book violence. People get cut in half lengthwise by assassins with giant apple-peelers for feet, among other means of acrobatic evisceration. Though quite extreme, the bloodshed is more madcap than gruesome. There are plot holes, but this is a hard movie to be clinical about. It's too winningly knowing and witty. It treats plausibility with appropriate lightness, surfing on unusually spry and jazzy rhythms for an action flick. It's like what we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy, but polished to a sharp gleam instead of being broad and shaggy. In fact, that imaginative swapping of tones is exactly what makes both films stand out from the comics-movie mass. Kingsman is so tautly plotted and entertaining that you just want to go along on the ride.

Official Site: www.KingsmanMovie.com
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman
Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport, Paulina Boneva, Sofia Boutella, Tom Prior and Neve Gachev

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