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  • I have to admit I was initially disappointed when Matthew Vaughn, director of one of my

  • all time favourite films X-Men First Class, announced that he would be stepping down from

  • the role of director for its sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and instead take on a

  • different comic book adaptation in the form of Kingsman: The Secret Service. However,

  • not only was this disappointment quelled last year when Days of Future Past turned out to

  • be almost the equal of First Class, but it was totally irradiated after the end credits

  • rolled on Kingsman. If Matthew Vaughn had to abandon X-Men for another film, I’m sure

  • glad it was this one.

  • As both a parody and a homage to classic spy films, Kingsman is both a brilliant comedy

  • and a brutal action rollercoaster. Well deserving of its R rating, Kingsman may be the most

  • shockingly violent mainstream film to hit cinemas this year. However, much like with

  • Vaughn’s previous ultra-violent comic book on screen that was Kick-Ass, the violence

  • is so over the top to the point where it becomes an integral part of the visual identity of

  • the film. Yes its brutal but when its accompanied by a killer soundtrack and the superb action

  • direction that Vaughn has honed over the years everything comes together and ultimately culminates

  • in what is arguable the film’s most brilliant sequence that will be sure to have a lot of

  • people talking, some complaining and others even offended. Safe to say if youve seen

  • Kingsman already you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, I don’t

  • want to spoil it for you but the knowledge of the fact that the scene has been cut from

  • several countries is testimony to how close to the line the sequence is.

  • Make sure if you see Kingman you are experiencing the full uncut version.

  • But of course a film can’t just survive on the quality of its action alone so thankfully

  • there’s a wonderful plot threaded throughout. Feeling like somewhat of a duel narrative

  • for the first two acts the film splits between Taron Egerton’s Eggsy going through a rigorous

  • training process in order to become a Kingman, and Colin Firth’s Harry Hart attempting

  • to reveal the dubious plans of Samuel L. Jackson’s Richmond Valentine. As time goes on the two

  • narrative start to entangle and become a unified whole and have much more bearing on each other

  • than is initially apparent. Much like previous Matthew Vaughn efforts the film’s world

  • building (there’s that word I love again) is heavily woven into the forward moving plot

  • so that it happens organically yet at a rapid fire rate. I don’t know if theyre gunning

  • for a franchise here but there’s definitely enough implied history and potential for future

  • stories outlined in this film to warrant it. Vaughn also uses his now almost auteur like

  • vibrant colour palette that make the film feel alive and fresh. In direct contrast to

  • a lot of other blockbusters continually drawing on blacks and greys, Kingman reminds us what

  • colour is.

  • Elevating all the material is the presence of a-list actors portraying the Kingman which

  • not only adds gravitas to the characters but to the film itself. The aforementioned Colin

  • Firth is joined by Michael Caine and Jack Davenport and there’s even an extended cameo

  • by Mark Hamill, a wonderful bit of casting for those familiar with the original Kingsman

  • comic. Perhaps stealing the show though is Mark Strong who seems to fit his character

  • so well and handles it with the perfect mix of self awareness and seriousness that this

  • kind of genre asks for.

  • It seems almost pointless to highlight any of Kingman’s shortcomings as several of

  • them could almost be considered to be intentional homages to the format of old spy films. Richmond

  • Valentine’s plan is ridiculous and some would say convoluted but seeing as that’s

  • the MO of most old Bond villains, can a film that directly pays tribute to those films

  • be criticised for doing the same thing?

  • By films end its quite amazing how much content Vaughn has managed to cram into 2 hours without

  • any of it feeling rushed, forced in or better off left out of the film. With Kingman he

  • has truly proven that he is one of the most talented action directors of our generation

  • and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

  • In short, go see Kingsman. It's really really good.

  • Thank you so much for watching. If you've seen Kingsman, tell me what you thought down in the comments below.

  • Also, make sure you check out last week's video which is also kinda down below but not as far, where I talk about The Lord of the rings and

  • whether it should be turned into a television series or not.

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