Posted by: greercn | February 8, 2015


Warning: This very violent film is for those with a strong stomach and an ability to see awful scenes as cartoonish.

If you’re okay with that, “Kingsman” is a hoot. Funny, fast-paced and full of love for spy movies, “Kingsman” is based on a graphic novel by the same author as “Kick-Ass”, Mark Millar.

Matthew Vaughn directs this homage to James Bond and the movie is at its best when Colin Firth and Taron Egerton are together.

The plot? An independent spy group is recruiting. Members of this group care about good clothes and world peace. A sinister bad guy (Samuel L Jackson) plots world domination with his sidekick Gazelle (Sofia Boutella).

Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Mark Hamill are all part of a cast and crew who act like they had a great time making this.

Is there a little too much that is sly, murderous and full of class war? Probably.

The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse enjoyed it as did I and my friend. It certainly hurtles along with only a few pauses for breath, during the middle bit.

But as it dashes towards its dazzling last 20 minutes, you may forget the body count and just sit back and enjoy the roller coaster.

I am a little concerned that this may be the future of British movies and I want more thoughtfulness and indie values in my movies.

Those thoughts came afterwards. At the time, I just enjoyed being dazzled by the bright lights, excellent music and pretty places.



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