Some people have commented that Kingsman: The Secret Service is a mash-up of Harry Potter, James Bond and bloody Kill Bill, which I cannot agree more.
The story follows a young man, Eggsy played by a relatively fresh face, Taron Egerton, who has been selected by Harry Hart/Galahad (Colin Firth) as a candidate to join Kingsman. What is Kingsman? A great question! Bravo!
Kingsman is a tailor shop and literally at this very moment, you can find pieces just like Colin Firth has worn in the film from Mr. Porter. However, under the disguise of a tailor shop, Kingsman is a secret organization that is beyond the systematic and bureaucratic corporations and governments, and they do things to keep world peace , to fight the evil. The round table is replaced by a long conference desk surrounded by dazzlingly suited English gentlemen. Even though, they are still called by those ancient knights’ names. The leader of Kingsman himself is called Arthur ( Michael Kane) who you may find him too familiar as Alfred.
The antagonist of the film is a genius billionaire Valentine played by Samuel L. Jackson , who strangely reminds me of Tony Stark. Valentine creates a special SIM card that is free to claim and free to use for the entire world; however, later it is revealed that the SIM card can broadcast waves that make humans aggressive and kill each other. Valentine’s plan is to reduce the world population in order to save the planet. World leaders, many of them, get on the same boat with Valentine, and they are implanted by another chip on their necks to counter the wave broadcasting from the SIM card. Hart and his bunch later discover that those chips can also blow those implantees’ heads off.
Hart is accidentally exposed to the wave and kills an entire church of people. When Hart confronts Valentine outside the church, Valentine shots Hart at the head. Some people may start to cry at this moment seeing Colin Firth lying there liveless. Of course, Hart’s death devastates Eggsy, but even worse, Eggsy finds that Kingsman Arthur is one of Valentine’s allies. Eggsy kills Arthur and destroys Valentine’s plan with help from Merlin (Mark Strong) and Roxy (Sophie Cookson).
The film starts with some really comicy touches, and the opening scene definitely reminds me of Kid Spy except that someone dies right away, who later is revealed to be Eggsy’s father. The fire between Kingsman and Valentine becomes wild when Lancelot, a Kingsman agent, is killed by Valentine’s assistant, body-guard and, maybe, butler Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) who has artificial limps that can turn into lethal weapons. The entire film is action driven and sometimes, there is a good laugh and Director Matthew Vaughn has done a brilliant job to bring out the quirkiness that his fans adore him for the most.
Kingsman might not have a powerful storyline like the Imitation Game or the Theory of Everything, but it is a social satire stunningly done. Even though, the film focuses on to bring visual enjoyment, the focus on an environmental cause is quite inspiring. Is Valentine evil? Is he too self-righteous to play God? However, without effectively controlling the world population, there may not be a planet called Earth in the near future. As well, the deadly weapon in the film is not the artificial limps from Gazelle or those gadgets from Kingsman, but the SIM card providing services free of charge, which I, personally, will be attempted if there is one. How much we have been depending on cellphones and the Internet can be concerning, and Kingsman might serve as a wake-up call for those who cannot live without their cells for a single second.