Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Kingsman" (2014) - Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn

Colin Firth is a la James Bond in this one and surprisingly believable.  I had always viewed him as more intellectual than physical... but he pulls it off wonderfully.  There's a scene where he decimates a roomful of people, and it's brilliantly edited.  I totally believed he done really did it.  The first James Bond movies relied greatly on Sean Connery's unending charm, wit and manliness, as well as the superbabes he dallied with.  Then they became techno focused.  Then other actors took over the role and more recent ones became more suspense thrillers than techno wizardry.  What I loved about "Kingsman" is that it filters its "spy" adventure through a very humane view.  It becomes about the moral and emotional challenges a teacher experiences while training a new recruit, and the values the new recruit must discover and incorporate in order to become a "Kingsman."  Because it requires intellectual and moral journeys as well as physical, Colin Firth portrays his role superbly.  Michael Caine and Sam Jackson are dependably excellent in their roles, and I'd definitely watch Taron Egerton as a Kingsman any day.  This movie is as much emotionally satisfying as adrenalin-inciting.  AND... it has humane comedy as opposed to the caustic comedy which James Bond was famous for.  James Bond movies are wonderful and entertaining.  So is "Kingsman."  Recommend.

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TAGS:  Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, , Action, Adventure, Comedy