Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) review ~ Little bit too crazy to be perfect!

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) review ~ Little bit too crazy to be perfect!

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) has opened in Korea a few days ahead of the States. And this is my thoughts of this movie. Before anything, I have to say that it is pretty fun yet has issues.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) is an interesting movie that tries to walk the tightrope between 3 different impulses on the part of the director. The first is to be a competent rather old fashion light spy movie. It is clear that the director highly respects the genre. The second is to have fun with the genre like crazy fans by amping up the crazy up to 11. The movie cannot hide the fact that the director is a huge fan of the genre. The third is to satire the genre while not veering into a comedic parody. The director and screen writer has really thought about the ins and outs of the genre.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) is mostly successful in walking this thin rope for the most part but falls off the rope in the 3rd act. However, don’t fear! It has tangled an ankle on the rope and is thus left hanging rather than falling to one’s death.

The Plot
The plot of this movie is a subset of your rather typical goofy gadget based spy movie likes of that can be seen in the Roger Moore Bond years. Its specific story centers around your megalomaniac rich guy trying to dominate the world. At the same time, it is an old veteran training a new trainee type of story like the first “Men in Black” movie.  

You have Colin Firth playing the veteran Galahad who brings in Taron Egerton as Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin to his spy organization as a trainee. There, Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin is stuck with a group of candidates for a single open position in the spy agency. As can be expected, you get training montages, action packed tests of the many virtues required of a spy.

The tailored suit is the new armor!
Kingsmen is the new knights!

At the same time, you have Samuel L. Jackson as internet mogul Valentine who is basically an older more crazy fun version of Mark Zuckerberg.

Oh he is black!.

And he is trying to conquer the world as expected from a megalomaniac rich guy in spy movies.

The Tight rope
In many ways, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) is your standard light spy movie. The plot of the movie has nothing new to it. Whether every movie needs to be something original is questionable. However, there is something to respect about a competently made standard “Genre” movie. And  Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) is competent in this regard.

It checks all of the requirements. You have diverse and interesting gadgets that do stuff usually leading to a boom. You have charming characters who have pleasant chemistry. You have a vague but oddly interesting setup for a spy organization. You have rather creative and energetic action scenes. You have at least an interesting to see on screen villain. And finally you have hot “Bond” girls.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) checks every box off that check list. The only thing it does lack is scantily clad “Bond” girls. The movie is rather dominated with men in well-tailored suits.

As with rom-com movies, it is okay for a spy movie to be formulaic if all the elements are lined up in just the right manner. And Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) passes this criterion. At the same time, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) has this meta-approach to it as it knows the tropes of the genre it is in and is referential to the past and tries to lovingly satire the genre.

The movie actually refers to many of the famous fictional spies including Jack Bauer.

This does not mean that this movie is a parody or a comedy. While it can be crazy, it does keep close to what can be considered serious within the setting of the crazy spy world the movie has created. I did mention the “Black” villain which is in contrast to the mainly Caucasian villains of the past.  In addition, there is a UK class conflict theme included in the movie that is in reference to the low class backstory of James Bond.

This combination is not an easy endeavor to pull off. However, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) goes further. It goes really hyper and crazy with the villain that almost seems like something out of an “Austin Power” movie. But the movie does not veer into a comedy. The result is an odd but entertaining mix that you just know the director was grinning like a 12 year old boy on a super high while making the movie.

Falling off
The problem with Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) is that the balance between the three creative impulses is not sustained until the end. During the first act, it is more of a straight light spy movie around a mentor-student relationship. Entering the 2nd act, you see the craziness rise with the villain becoming more active. However, the crazy is kept under control and the movie balances this out with the spy training scenes.

The issue occurs when the spy stuff and the villain collide in the 3rd act. The craziness just consumes the more straight light spy movie stuff. This in itself is not un-entertaining. Rather, you will be grinning too because what you will be seeing is outrageous. The problem comes in when the movie has to stop and be serious for a moment. The movie can’t stop having fun even in those moments. Thus, there is a mismatch of tones that is not crazy fun but just off-putting at times.

Another thing that is hurt by the craziness over powering the third act is that the movie gets silly fast. This means that most of the spy world building done in the prior 2 acts is just shredded and the spy stuff is now longer taken serious within the movie’s world.

Lack of Girls!
As a side note, there are two major female characters in the movie. One being a fellow spy trainee and the other being the villain’s sidekick. While the two characters are not fully developed, they are not sexualized like your typical Bond movie. Whether you like this choice or not, you can respect it. However, the movie then has a throwaway character just to be the sleazy sex kitten in the third act. This does create a weird tone that is in conflict with the other 2 acts.

If you want to be sleazy, be sleazy but be sleazy consistently!

It is another case of the director being self-indulgent.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) is a fun movie! I enjoyed myself a lot while watching the movie. The movie never slows down and keeps up the pace and energy for its 129 minute run time. Thus, it is somewhat of a shame that the movie does not land the third act because the director became too indulgent at the end.

Colin Firth and Taron Egerton are pretty wonderful on screen as their characters and have good chemistry. And for once, Samuel L. Jackson is not just being Samuel L. Jackson in a movie. He is having fun with his character and actually trying which is nice for a chance.

I would recommend this movie if you are an old fashion goofy spy movie fan like the director and if you have a B-movie sensibility and are okay with some craziness. You will enjoy the movie in the theater. But you will notice the issues after getting out. Overall, it is decent fun. I give it a B!

Score: B or 6.75/10

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