CINEMA REVIEW: Kingsman: The Secret Service (15)

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KINGSMAN: The Secret Service is without a doubt, one of the best films I’ve ever seen.

The action-packed flick, from the creators of Kick-Ass, is a non-stop high-energy thrill ride that brings a whole new dimension to the spy genre.

It’s as tongue-in-cheek as it is elegant and I could watch it again and again.

It follows typical wrong-side-of-the-tracks London chav Eggsy (Taron Egerton) who must learn to act the dignified gent after he’s headhunted by a mysterious secret agency.

It’s thanks to his father’s historic life-saving actions that he’s on the radar of well-dressed secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth).

Firth is the obvious choice for the prim and proper English gentleman but in this film, he’s completely badass. Remember when he punched Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s Diary? Times that by 1,000 and you’re still nowhere near how cool he is as a Kingsman.

And Egerton shines as his protégé. He’s quite the newbie on the cinema scene, but I’m confident we’ll see a lot more of him.

The independent international intelligence agency, headed up by Arthur (Michael Caine) is looking to replace a recently-deceased employee, and each agent is tasked with submitting a suitable candidate.

Eggsy and the other recruits are put through a gruelling training regime, and the once-petty criminal must put his new skills to use when the unspeakably-evil Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) threatens mankind.

Jackson is deliciously wicked as the lisping supervillain and his sidekick Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) is just awesomely evil.

The slick tone of the film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is set right from the opening credits and if a movie ever had the ‘wow factor’, it’s this one.

The spies have better gadgets than James Bond and Inspector Gadget put together and the hyper-real flick is filled with amazing stunts, slick fighting choreography and parkour skills, and side-splitting humour.

The juxtaposition of the classes, illustrated by Eggsy and Harry, is wonderfully light-hearted and provides lots of chuckles, and the pair actually have a really heart-warming friendship.

The film, adapted by Jane Goldman from a comic book by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, has those great spoof qualities but is cool and suave as well.

It’s hilariously cheeky, but also amazingly clever.

The use of atypical music during fight scenes is tantalisingly good.

One particular church scene and another head-exploding sequence are to die for and the flick is absolutely unmissable.

It’s slick, cool, and everything you want from a spy film. Move over 007, Kingsman is on the case.

Kingsman: The Secret Service is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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