Everyone has a different definition for what makes a movie great, and mine simply boils down to whether or not I walked out of the theater feeling as though I was thoroughly entertained. With this in mind, my choice for best movie of the school-year goes to “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
The simple fact that the film made such a huge splash in the generally weak movie month of February was an impressive feat, especially considering it didn’t have a massive brand name like Marvel or DC behind it. “Kingsman” proves that good comic book-inspired films can exist outside of the big franchises.
Its story isn’t hugely innovative, but its narrative is refreshing. It played on all of the classic spy movie tropes, showing love to its inspiration, while also making it modern and fresh. The audience follows the story from the perspective of Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, a troubled teen who gets wrapped up in a world of espionage. With the help of Harry Hart, an established member of the secret organization known as the Kingsman, Eggsy matures and becomes a great modern hero.
The performances in the movie are fantastic. Taron Egerton was great as Eggsy and Colin Firth convincingly plays the mentor role of Harry Hart a.k.a. Galahad. The camaraderie between them is especially of note, as they match wits with each other and develop an entirely believable bond. Additionally, Samuel L. Jackson plays the enigmatic villain, Valentine – another example of how all the characters are an absolute blast to watch, with their interactions with each other creating quite a spectacle.
Tone is where “Kingsman” really distinguishes itself from your run of the mill spy film. Director Matthew Vaughn juxtaposes humor and guile alongside rather gruesome action sequences. These distinct elements combine to create a unique experience. The cinematography of the action sequences is fast and furious, making the movie a high octane adventure throughout.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” has everything you could want in a movie. It has a fun story, great characters and an incredibly dynamic tone. It’s the full package, and a film that definitely deserves attention. Hopefully, its success will show movie studios and directors that unique ideas are like a breath of fresh air for the industry. Critics and fans alike react more positively to smart new takes on their favorite classic genres.