My husband and I had no intentions of going to the movies on Valentine’s Day. There has been so much hoopla about 50 Shades of Grey we didn’t want to get caught up in it. But, we went to an out of the way theatre we like. And though we were late we got great seats.
The opening was engaging and pulled you in. Even though the characters are somewhat stereotypical, they had some unique quirks that made you want to follow them.
The story is really about testing the limits of endurance, of the characters and the audience at times. There is definite physical violence but most of it is psychological and emotional to be honest. It is a movie that makes you question yourself and what you might do if placed in the same circumstances.
We went to see American Sniper two weeks ago and there were scenes that made me want to leave the theatre. I’m proud to say I hung in then, and I think it was apt preparation for this movie.
Many of the scenes are over-the-top, not very plausible, and out-and-out silly. But, with this sort of material the film needs that self-awareness and camp to keep from exhausting the viewer.
I do have to say that one scene was particularly sad, and a little disturbing. When Samuel L. Jackson shoots Colin “Darcy” Firth in the forehead and he falls to the ground in front of the church, I was pretty stunned. Firth’s character was the glue that held the plot together to that point. Fortunately, Mark “Knightley” Strong’s character, Merlin, stepped up and took over this funny and excessive spy thriller.
Kingsmen, The Secret Service is violent, funny, tongue-in-cheek, and vulgar in funny and tasteless ways. Considering Hollywood has been trapped in a Jr High locker room for decades, what else can we expect? Millions of heads explode on screen to the 1812 Overture, the villain dies by artificial limb, and the young hero saves his mum from a scummy boyfriend. The clothes are great as well.
I can’t recommend this movie to most of the people I know, but if you don’t mind frat boy humor with a British accent, Kingsmen may be for you.