|From the source comic, The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.|
At the beginning we meet Harry Hart (Colin Firth) and some of his fellow agents. A tragic loss occurs. Harry feels like he owes a debt to the family of someone that died. Eventually, the dead man's son, Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin, is recruited into a Kingsman academy, of sorts.
Eggsy (Taron Egerton) meets a handful of people at this academy, some are jerks (Jack Davenport) and some are sweet (Sophie Cookson) and some are forgettable. Much of the film is about him trying to get through the intense academy experience.
In other corners of the world, a megalomaniac named Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is trying to save the world in a very destructive manner. He's really a misunderstood hero. Valentine likes to wear Nike hats and shoes, all his clothes are pristine (he often puts his feet on tabletops and we see his impeccable sneakers), and he talks with a lisp and abhors bloodshed. Most of the bloodshed is carried out by an assassin/assistant (Sofia Boutella) with prosthetic legs that have very sharp blades where the heels would be. She slices and dices many people and is definitely in the tradition of Oddjob and Jaws.
Harry Hart, Eggsy, and Merlin (an agent touchingly played by Mark Strong) must face down Valentine and his nefarious crew. I will not go into the diabolical plan as that is part of the fun. And trust me, I've given away very little about this film.
This film earns points for being clever and generally fun. I remembered ogling a blonde from the trailer, turns out it was Hanna Alström as a princess. I'm very glad this film made use of a Swedish model, they are so often best (also check out Lara Stone). I didn't like the crudeness of the second-to-last scene involving the princess, but she was a pleasure to behold.
|Hanna Alström in background.|
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