“Manners maketh man.”
This line from Kingsman: The Secret Service will forever be etched in my memory, squeezed between Harry Potter’s “Always.”, Lord of The Rings’s “You Shall Not Pass!”, Doctor Who’s “Allons-y!”, Casablanca’s “We’ll Always Have Paris.”, Apollo 13’s “Houston, We Have a Problem.”, and many other scores of epic lines from even more epic movies. Simply put, if you have not seen Kingsman, well, what are you still doing here? Yes, you should go and watch the darn movie!
Firstly, you should know that I had almost zero idea about this movie until my friend drooled over the men in a text message. So, I watched the trailer, and within weeks, I was in the theatre, eyes glued to the screen and drooling just like my friend. Every character in the movie are distinct and have their own unique personalities which help move the story forward.
Damn you, sexy Britons!
Secondly, I must admit that I am lost for words which can’t fully justify describing this magnum opus (yes, I’m getting too emotional here) in a mere article. At first glance, Kingsman may seem to have the typical spy movie plot but that’s just a ruse. Soon, you will be on the edge of your seat, trying to decide whether the next turn of event will be a sigh of relief or an exclamation of shock. Starting from the background story that puts Eggsy, the protagonist to the picture, till the end where the Kingsmen avenge their fallen, combined with a strong cast that boasts of prolific actors like Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mark Strong in bespoke suits, and sexy technologies (which by the way, adds classy panache to their ensemble rather than being cumbersome add-ons), the story moves on with a speed that does not bore or overwhelm the audience.
It’s funny though how a few years ago, the mafias were the bad guys, then the drug dealers started becoming the bad guys, and all of a sudden every movie started referring to the “organization” as the bad guy. Hell, we even had a period where the women were the bad guy in the movies. But, Kingsman has a new type of antagonist in Samuel L. Jackson, who comes with a swagger, cool kicks, and a misconstrued, but genuine, care about Mother Earth. Yes, Kingsman has a villain that really, really, wants the natural kingdom to be protected. Although, I quite enjoyed this new air of evil, I am not sure if I want another righteous Mother Earth saviour/villain!
The action sequences do not contradict with the humorous moments, and the music score fits every engaging plot twist. However, the most defining moment for me was when I realized that the Kingsmen were named after the Knights of the Round Table where King Arthur presides with Galahad, Lancelot, and Merlin. So cool!
In the end, all you need to remember is Kingsman is sleek.
– Jasina Gurung