‘Kingsman’ gives a fresh new take on modern age spy films

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The ‘Kingsman’ are a secret society whose goal is to guarantee the safety of humanity by neutralizing any potential threat.

By Brady Wesp
Staff Writer/Spectator

What do you get when you combine Matrix-style fight sequences, espionage and witty banter all paired up with a script which feels like it was influenced by a Tarantino movie? 

You get a new age, genre redefining spy film that looks like James Bond on steroids.

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

Based upon the comic book, “The Secret Service”, “Kingsman” is a super-secret spy organization that has worked to keep the peace of the world for centuries. 

The agents are all code-named after the Knights of the Round Table. Michael Caine (“The Dark Knight” trilogy) plays senior Kingsman agent Arthur, the head of the order.  Our main protagonists are Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, and his mentor, Harry Hart a.k.a. Galahad, played by Colin Firth.

Eggsy is a punkish teenage Londoner who has led a very troublesome life after his father died back when he was a toddler. 

Sprung out of lockup by Galahad, Eggsy begins to learn the truth about his father and is eventually coaxed into undergoing what he is later told is “the most dangerous job interview on the planet.”

Put along eight other snobby recruits, Eggsy trains and competes to take up the mantle of a slain Kingsman agent, who on his last mission encountered an evil that threatens all of civilization across the earth.

From beginning to end, the film never backs off on the suspense and seamlessly executes hilarious punch lines that will have you laughing extensively, while at the same time you’ll find yourself with your jaw stuck wide open from all the incredible action. 

Impressively, even with all these components wound together so intricately, the plotline of the movie flows so smoothly it projects an ambiance of elegance, one of which only James Bond himself could surpass.

Throughout all its hilarious and downright awesome sequences, the greatest asset of this movie could quite possibly be Valentine, played by Samuel L. Jackson. 

Valentine, a billionaire media mogul who cannot articulate sibilants, portrays himself as such a charitable charming individual while ever so cleverly keeping his sinister plans under wraps.   Now Samuel L. Jackson is not really the known to play the ‘villain’ role and there were many doubts to whether or not he could pull it off.  Rest assured when you put your cards on Samuel Jackson, he delivers…and oh boy does he deliver.

While occasionally giving rhetorical tribute to the likes of traditional villains, Jackson’s character is anything but a traditional villain.  Valentine cannot even stand the sight of blood. 

Who would have thought that someone like Jackson would lose his lunch upon seeing the blood of his adversaries?  Well fret not, for where Valentine lacks in having a strong stomach, he more than makes up for in his diabolical intentions.

Imagine a media icon such as Steve Jobs merged with a classic James Bond villain like Hugo Drax from “Moonraker.” Now if you want to Google this villain you can, however, as that would slightly diminish the suspense of Valentine’s master plan, it would be highly advisable to see this film prior to looking up Drax.

Although this movie is defined as more of a spy spoof, “Kingsman” constantly pays homage to the tropes of early spy movies, which ignited the world’s fascination with espionage. 

As a matter of fact, Jackson’s Valentine and Colin Firth’s Galahad actually start to bond over their shared love of classic spy movies, more specifically the villains that make them tick. “Kingsman” is packed with everything one could ask for from a spy/action/thriller movie and much more. 

As many films fall prey to the cliché plot twist, “Kingsman” goes through a whole array of plot twists that changes your perception of how it’s going to end right up until the last scene.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened up with a $41 million debut on Valentine’s Day weekend, taking second behind the adaptation of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which brought in a record-breaking $81.7 million over its opening weekend. 

However movie-goers might feel about the book, audiences will clearly have much more excitement becoming an honorary Kingsman.

As Galahad instructed Eggsy, “It is not about whether or not you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. True nobility is the choice to be superior to your former self.”

So are you going to lag around and go about your ordinary everyday life…or would you like to suit up and join the Kingsman?

Brady Wesp is a staff writer for the Spectator. He can be reached by ae.specator@gmail.com