Last weekend I watched a movie that I have put off for so long that I now can’t remember what made me not want to watch it in the first place. For some reason my brain decided I wasn’t going to like it, of course now that I have finally gotten around to watching it I am now kicking myself in the head and going WHY BRAIN WHY?!?!?! because I don’t understand what I didn’t like about it. I’m not even joking this may be one of my new favourite movies.
Okay so the plot of Kingsman is basically there was this tailor shop ran by a bunch of people who had way too much money to spend so the decided to start a spy organisation (as you do). And the spy’s are all like proper gentlemen who wear fancy suits and stuff. And this one guy Galahad (because all the spy’s are named after the knights of the round table) decides to recruit this lower class kid. It’s way more complicated than that but it’s a spy movie, that’s all you need to know.
But it also makes fun of the whole spy movie genre. You have quite a number of characters talking about James Bond. There is one classic scene where Colin Firth’s character has dinner with the “baddie” and they compare what’s happening to a spy movie. There is even a scene at the end where Eggsy proclaims that “this isn’t that kind of movie” and I’m still trying to figure out if that was a break of the fourth wall or not. The whole movie does a very good job at being just silly enough that it’s still believable (apart from that one scene at the end, if you’ve watched the movie you know what I’m talking about).
I think if anything it was the amount of violence in this movie that may have put me off (there is quite a number of swear words too but I think it was mostly the violence). But even after watching it, though the fight scenes are very graphic, they are so fun to watch. There is one scene in a church, and the entire thing was filmed in one shot (or at least it was made to look like it’s all in one shot).
And then the casting, it’s a British film so you have a bunch of famous British actors, some of them I don’t even know the names of, but I recognise their voices from somewhere. You have Mark Strong as the Q of this universe and I swear that guy looks exactly like Stanley Tucci, to the point I was wondering how Stanley Tucci managed such a good Scottish accent. You have Samuel L Jackson as the bad guy, and I love his character so much because he’s basically playing an evil Mark Zuckerberg, but it’s so believable because his character genuinely thinks he is doing the right thing.
And then you have Mark Hamill who has a very small role in this movie as a college lecturer, and I’m not even joking, I have watched this movie like 8 times and I only realised it was Mark Hamill after checking IMDB. He plays a bumbling college lecturer so well, he even has this perfect British accent, I’m still kind of amazed that it’s actually Mark Hamill because he looks nothing like what you expect him to.
And then we come to Colin Firth who in my opinion makes this whole movie and it’s so annoying because (and I need to add a spoiler warning here)…
☠ WARNING: THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD ☠
…his character dies. He was the perfect James Bond type character and he has to die. And it’s even more annoying because I knew his character was going to die (I seriously wish I had never heard of the hero’s journey story arc, watching a movie has now turned into a game of guess who’s gonna die). And to be fair he might not even be dead. The director has already said that if the first movie did well they would try to bring his character back. But I swear to god, if Colin Firth isn’t in the second movie I’m gonna be so pissed it’s not even funny.
But yeah, you need to watch this movie, then watch it another five times. Then marvel at how Mark Hamill does such a good job as a college lecturer you almost can’t tell it’s Mark Hamill. Then read the comic it was based on. Or if you’re like me read every Kingsman fanfic ever written (and that’s saying something because there’s quite a lot of them).