Kingsman: The Secret Service (Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport) – What a great spoof of the Bond films! With its British flair and flamboyance and its dose of Matrix-like special effects, Kingsman is a fast, fun parody that provides its own spy yarn.
Colin Firth, one of those oft considered to be a potential Bond, plays the super-spy nearing the edge of his career. He can handle a room full of bad guys with his cool resolve and deadly moves. His protégé, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), is the at-first-reluctant would-be warrior who joins the British Secret Service. Eggsy grows throughout the film but reaches his potential while avenging the death of his mentor.
There are twists and turns, of course. But the best parts occur when Kingsman admits to spoofing its predecessor films in a way that the other lookalikes, from the Matt Helm movies on, never did. Those films copied; Kingsman parodies. It is to Goldfinger what I’m Gonna Git You Sucka did to Shaft.
I won’t describe the plot; it doesn’t matter. The movie is about the fun, the no-remorse bad guys, and the secret agents who protect the world. Don’t forget to see this in the theaters or on pay-for-view.