Royal cast in ‘Kingsman’

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an absolute hit. Starring newcomer Taron Egerton as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, this film is a must-see.

The film was released Feb. 13, with a rating of 8.3/10 from IMDb.  Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Colin Firth (Harry Hart); Samuel L. Jackson (Valentine); Michael Caine (Arthur); and Sophie Cookson (Roxy). The film centers on the secret service group- “Kingsman”- and their duty to their country, England. In particular, though, “Kingsman” shifts its focus to a former Kingsman’s son, Eggsy Unwin. Eggsy is a typical young Englishman. He swears quite often, has a crude sense of humor and gets into trouble often.

My favorite aspect of the movie is Eggsy’s ability to attract trouble. Eggsy’s constant struggle drives the film to the very end. He engages in various fights with boys in the neighborhood, which eventually lands him in jail.  Wherever he may be, trouble follows him. However, Eggsy’s troubles led him to Harry Hart (Firth), whom later mentors and cares for Eggsy.

Harry Hart, my favorite character, is a spectacular man and spy. Not only is he incredibly cunning and intelligent, he is a generous and kind. He takes Eggsy under his wing and acts as the protagonist for most of the film. But, as usual, every protagonist has an enemy or villain.  The film’s villain (Jackson) leads to Harry’s eventual downfall.  Harry’s gullibility stunned me;  one minute Harry is showing-off to Eggsy and easily “taking down the bad guys”, and the next minute, he is easily tricked by Valentine (I won’t give away what happens- you will have to see it to find out). The notion of how easy it is to deceive people remained a constant theme throughout the entire film and involves more than just the villain Valentine.

Finally, the last aspect of the film that I thoroughly enjoyed was the crude humor. The humor was what really “made” the film. It added the extra zing that made it stand out from any other spy-oriented film. From awkward moments, to cute dogs, to Eggsy’s constant swearing and bumbling, this film will have you laughing in no time.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an action-packed, humor-filled film that will leave you wishing to travel to London and be a “Kingsman”. Taron Egerton certainly made his mark in the film industry this year and hopefully, we will be seeing him again! Ultimately, I give this film a 4.5 out of 5 stars and advise others to see it; it is well-worth the time and money.

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