Kingsman: The Secret Service DVD Review

DVD movie reviews are occasional posts that review recent DVD releases that I did not review while they are in theaters.


A highly stylized spy/action film that received rave reviews.  Does it live up to the hype?

Kingsman is about a young boy (Taron Egerton) in England with a troubled home life who is recruited by a mysterious man (Colin Firth) into a secret spy agency.  He must make it through intense training before becoming a member of the Kingsmen.  Once completed, he must work with others to bring down a madman (Samuel L. Jackson) bent on destroying the world by taking out its leaders.

I didn’t like this movie as much as most others.  There were some positives, however. I thought all the main actors did a good job (except for Jackson’s lisp which I didn’t think worked at all) and everyone was very believable in their fight scenes.  I enjoyed all the training sequences (extremely intense) and a lot of the fight scenes (the church scene is insane and the pub fight was awesome).  I liked some of the satirical elements in the movie and it had a lot of good humor in it.

What really lost me was the ending.  I was on board with a lot of it and even though the style of the movie wasn’t quite my thing (it’s similar to the Kick Ass movies which I absolutely hate), I was still somewhat enjoying it.  But the end is just too much in terms of the stylized action. I won’t spoil anything, but it gets really cartoonish and, in my opinion, falls apart.  I couldn’t enjoy it at that point.  In addition, I feel like a lot of things in the movie are forced and are super plot convenient. For example, Edgerton’s character’s troubled home life doesn’t feel natural and doesn’t work.  I get the reasons behind why the things are happening, but I didn’t feel like there was enough development with it for us to care about the characters.  And in that it felt forced and is just necessary to advance the plot.

All in all, I enjoyed about half of this movie.  But some of the elements don’t work at all and the ending gets cartoonish and completely loses me.  For that, I can’t exactly call this movie good.  So Kingsman gets a 2.75/5 from me (Comparison Score: Kick Ass- 1.5/5).