Kingsmen aren't answerable to governments nor are they externally
influenced. When one of them is killed thanks to agent Harry's (Firth)
judgement error, he backs his fallen comrade's son Eggsy
(Egerton) to become a Kingsman. Later, they will have to thwart tech
tycoon Valentine's (Jackson) evil designs, involving mind control and
Review: Colin Firth's
performance as an action man is nothing short of a revelation. When the
impeccably-suited Harry first meets Eggsy while the latter is a young
boy, he gives him a medal bearing an engraved telephone number, for
whenever Eggsy is in dire circumstances.
Many years later, Eggsy, now directionless , dials it after a squabble
with the law, gives the secret code ( " Oxfords, not Brogues " ) and is
freed from police custody, no questions asked. Harry then rescues Eggsy
from a brutal beating (Harry's motto being an emphatic "Manners. Maketh.
The Man"), busts some smooth moves and Eggsy is impressed enough to
want to become a Kingsman. Headed by Arthur (Caine) and trained by
Merlin (Strong), Eggsy and the other recruits including a woman, Sophie
(Cooks on), face a series of gruelling tests before becoming agents.
Part Bond parody, part serious and a whole lot of camp, you can't help
but laugh (there are plenty of 'LOL' moments) at the obvious 007 dig
when Eggsy tells a bartender that he'd like his martini with gin, not
vodka ("obviously"), stirred a certain number of times whilst staring
fixedly at a fresh bottle of vermouth!
Egerton delivers and
Jackson is perfect as the villain Valentine whose
environmentally-conscious concerns conceal a devious plan for global
genocide. His sidekick Gazelle (Boutella) is a vamp plucked straight out
a Quentin Tarantino wet dream as does a scene involving hyper-stylized
mayhem in a small-town church. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker, anyone?)
also shows up as a genius scientist. Bulletproof brollies that fire
bullets, dart spewing wristwatches and cigarette lighter grenades aside,
there's a smooth baAlance of good humo u r, butt-kicking action and
originality too. is a breath of fresh air in the spy movie genre.