Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, releases his latest film critics are calling “Bond meets Tarantino.” These are bold declarations to make, and as a result, the film had many holding high expectations. For the most part, Kingsman doesn’t disappoint.
Led by the fantastic Colin Firth, the cast mixes action with comedy in a fashionable way. Newcomer Taron Egerton brings something fresh to the screen, establishing what will become a long career in film.
Kingsman has a style matching that of Kick-Ass, with comedic R-rated quips mixed in with purposefully cheesy CGI. One of the most talked about moments of the film, for example, is the anal sex joke. Was it necessary? Maybe not, but it certainly worked for several audiences.
Kingsman included several moments of satire as well. It never resisted an opportunity to poke fun at the traditional spy movie. The church massacre had to be the best moment of the film. Brilliantly choreographed and filmed, the sequence yet again mixes action with comedy in a way only Matthew Vaughn seems to know how to balance.
On the negative side, Kingsman constantly felt like it was just under the line of greatness.
The trailer depicted the film as Eggsy’s (Egerton) journey to become a Kingsman, and while it did for a good portion of the film, his arch was slightly overshadowed by several other things going on simultaneously. In addition, the ending, even with all its gunfire and slow motion, seemed anticlimactic in comparison with the rest of the film.
Full of parkour and unpredictable fun, Kingsman certainly is an entertaining adventure. Though it may not meet everyone’s original expectations and is a bit overstuffed, it has a lot to offer.