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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Kingsman: The Secret Service

Here we are again, on Fishing in the Discount Bin, blogging about a movie I own.  This time out, we get to last year's super-awesome spin on superspies, Kingsman: The Secret Service.  This is in my notes at June 28, 2016.

I was quite taken with the trailers for Kingsman: The Secret Service.  And I was impressed with the talent behind the scenes, too.  From the director of Kick-Ass, and based on a comic from the creators of Kick-Ass.  And I liked Kick-Ass.  When I saw it in theatres back in the spring, I really did enjoy Kingsman

I mean, the enduring popularity of James Bond has made sure that the super-spy is now its own genre, and much like Kick-Ass, Kingsman takes the tropes of the genre and just kicks them up a notch.  That being said, there's got to be some better way to mock a genre than have the characters become self-aware and start pointing out how they're following them.  I call it "The Shrek Conundrum," because I once read an interview with the director of Shrek in which he admits that the big problem he had with Shrek is that how they started by mocking the fairy tale formula, but near the end, they had to embrace the formula to bring things to a satisfying conclusion.  Same thing happened in Kick-Ass.  Same thing happens in Kingsman.

But going back to the shot of adrenaline I mentioned, such shots are noticed especially in the fight scenes.  There are some phenomenal action sequences in this film.  The church shoot-out is worth the price of admission.  And the final fight is just some insane, kinetic work. 

the plot is similar to Men in Black.  We follow a young London hoodlum named Eggsy, who's in just enough trouble to stay one step ahead of the law.  But eventually, the law catches up with him.  Eggsy calls in a favour from one of his father's old friends, Harry Hart.  But, it turns out, Harry is a secret agent in an organization known as Kingsman.  And Eggsy possesses a particular set of skills that makes him a promising recruit.  While Eggsy goes through his training, Hart is on his latest case, the curious shenanigans of billionaire Richmond Valentine, which could bring about the end of the world.

Really don't know what more to say.  It's just a fun spin on the super-spy genre.

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