Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Posted on by 5WC in Film

To say that I was a little bit apprehensive of Kingsman: The Secret Service is an understatement. I, like a lot of people I’m sure, when first hearing that Colin Firth was playing a “posh spy” conjured up images of slow, stuffy elitism; James Bond with a cucumber sandwich and a Barbour coat  if you will. And then I saw the trailer, which hit me squarely between the eyes with silly, slapstick tomfoolery that appeared to be a step and a half outside reality, let alone the ideas of anything remotely sane, interesting or upper-class. To say I instantly wrote the film off would be more than a fair and accurate conclusion.

And things seemed to be confirmed and compounded when, in the run up to its release every poster and trailer that demanded my attention was headed by Matthew Vaughan, Director of Kickass, a marketing move that seemed a little odd to say the least. With Hollywood big-hitters like Michael Caine, Samuel L Jackson and the aforementioned Firth leading the troupes, utilising the director and not it’s cast as the main marketing angle seemed to strike as the final proof that this film was going to be bad. Read more