Three sentence movie reviews: Kingsman The Secret Service
There were things I really liked about this movie: the style of the Kingsmen,* many of the action scenes were thrilling, the characters were compelling, and the villain’s evil plot sounded like a feasible evil villain’s plot. There could have been a little more action for the women in the film.** Unfortunately, the violence in this film–both stylish and humorously rendered–left a bad taste in my mouth.
Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home with Matt
*Those training suits the potential Kingsmen wore were awesome! (picture clipped from here )
**Gazelle does a lot, it’s true, but Sophie Cookson’s character was wasted
(I watched this twice in one day. I watched it on my own and then re-watched it with Matt. I had a bad cold, and didn’t feel like moving from the couch.)
(This was also a pre-watch because Channing Tatum is in the sequel, and I felt I needed to catch up.)
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/kingsman_the_secret_service.html
(I did not choose the other versions of the posters which feature a back view of Gazelle, legs spread wide framing Colin Firth/Samuel L. Jackson/Eggsy/the pug. I get that they are an homage to the famous James Bond poster, but if that was the ass of Sofia Boutella then it had been digitally shrunk so small as to render it unrecognizable. Homage to misogyny is still misogyny)
I’m very fond of this movie, but I can see why the violence was off-putting to you. I also appreciate this film for introducing me to Taron Egerton (Eggsy), whose performances I’ve now enjoyed in several subsequent movies. That said, I’m not sure how I feel about the impending sequel. Looks like bit of a mess to me. I’m going to wait to see how the reviews shape up.
I also liked him. He was very charismatic.
Minus the violence (as you noted), I really liked this movie. It was a bit too machismo filled (as you also alluded to). I’m such a Colin Firth fan, too!!