So, after my daughter had a crummy couple of days with testing and boyfriend troubles I decided to take her out to the movies. We both wanted to see Kingsman and I am so glad we went to see it. It was not a movie my mom would have enjoyed, at all. Here's why...
If you like comedy mixed with your gratuitous violence and swearing then by all means hop to it. Because this movie delivers all three. Mom's not a fan of two of those things.
Samuel L Jackson is fantastically funny, yet creepy just the same. His lisping tech Milpitas Valentine is not too dissimilar to his villain in Unbreakable but instead of comic books, Valentine likes spy movies. Not just any spy movies, classic James Bond style films and that is the basis for his plan to stop climate change. By the way that's the premise behind the film.
The film has a great "I want My MTV" opening sequence where we are introduced to the Kingsmen. It's pretty badass. I won't lie, I was singing along under my breath to the Dire Straits song from my youth. Colin Firth and Michael Caine share the screen and great make up takes them back 17 years to 1997.
We are also introduced to Eggsy (Exsi is how it's pronounced) as a young boy. His father was a Kingsman.
Fast forward to the present.
We get a great cameo from none other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. (Side note: My daughter didn't recognize him.) He plays Professor Arnold, a little known researcher of climate change. He is kidnapped and this is how we meet him , bound to a chair in Argentina. We also meet one of the Kingsmen from all those years before.
The film then gets us back to Eggsy. We see that things have gone downhill for him as well as his mother. He's picked on and beat up. Eggsy gets into trouble and places a phone call to the number on the back of a medal that Harry Hart (Colin Firth) gave him 17 years ago.
Harry recruits Eggsy and nominates him for the Kingsmen. Can you guess what the second act of the film is. (Basing this on a three act structure.) We also see Valentine recruiting for his scheme to help climate change and Professor Arnold goes BOOM!
Without any more spoilers... go see this film in theatres while you still have the chance! It won't be the same when formatted for a smaller screen!
Word of caution... It is rated R. Don't take young children to see it.
(Another side note: The theatre in which we saw this movie made sure my under 17 daughter was with me before allowing her through the ticket stand! Way to go Regal Cinemas!)
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