Kingsman: The Secret Service is the latest collaboration between polarizing comic book writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass 1 & 2) and filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class). The pair seemed to be a perfect match when offering a twisted vision of the traditional superhero origin story (Kick-Ass), but the question remains if their take on spy action will be as successful, now that the genre is populated by a modernized James Bond and the grittier Jason Bourne.
In the film, Colin Firth plays Harry Hart, legendary agent of a secret order of well-mannered operatives known as “Kingsman.” When the organization starts looking for new blood, Harry seeks out a young delinquent named Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) and taps him as a most unlikely candidate to join the Kingsman. As Gary tries to wrap his head around the existence of the organization – and him having a place within it – a nefarious villain known as Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) begins to hatch a chemical weapons plot that could threaten many lives.
Vaughn and his screenwriting parter Jane Goldman are an accomplished fimmaking team (especially in high-concept genre fare like this) – and as stated, they were a perfect fit for the twisted sensibilities of Millar’s Kick-Ass. The question remains whether a tongue-in-cheek throwback spy film (with hints of modern edge) will still sell in the current movie market – especially with the official James Bond movie franchise making such a return to classic form in the next year, as well.
There’s every possibility that Matthew Vaughn has created another fun and stylistically flavorful film that audiences will enjoy – just as there’s every possibility that audiences will never get past the”knockoff Bond” initial impression to discover what Vaughn has crafted.
…And now for some poorly photoshopped and unnecessarily sexual promo posters!
We’ll see when Kingsman: The Secret Service hits theaters on a hit-or-miss February 13th, 2015 release date.