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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

This is pretty bad ass for a Colin Firth movie, which is about the super secret British secret agency that even MI-6 doesn't know about.  I would say that this is an uneven action movie but that ultimately I recommend it.  One reviewer called it caught between Austin Powers and James Bond and with the fact that the director, Matthew Vaughn, did the Kickass movies, you get a sense of what you are in for.

Firth is everything you want in an international man of mystery. His suave British agent Harry Hart, code-named Galahad, plays by the rules of a company, headed by Arthur (a kingly Michael Caine), that names its agents after knights of the round table.  Since Lancelot (Jack Davenport) died saving Galahad's ass 17 years ago, Galahad resolves to return the favor by recruiting Lance’s now grown son, Gary "Eggsy"into the secret service. The thing is Eggsy is a street kid who seems destined for prison instead of the elegant environs of Kingsman, a swank tailoring shop on Saville Row that fronts for the Secret Service.

That is the back story.  The action involves an evil plot for world domination that must be thwarted. An enjoyable diversionary movie.

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