Tonight I booted up the AppleTV so that we could all watch the latest episode of Masterchef on Hulu, and discovered that my wife has been taking advantage of her time off before school starts, and rented to the movie Kingman. I had heard good things about the movie, but had never bothered to see it in the theater, so after watching our show as a family, I pressed play on the rental (with the appropriate amount of popcorn next to me).
Kingsman is a take on the traditional spy thriller, but it gathers all of the tropes of the genre and pushes them over the top to become something outrageous and fun. The main hero is a young man who has been selected to join the elite spy organization, Kingsman, that operates outside of any governmental control, to keep the world safe. He is the child of a fallen Kingsman from years ago, and an aging spy feels it is his responsibility to bring the young man into the fold.
I won’t spoil the plot by saying more, despite being mostly formulaic. This, however, isn’t a movie that requires a complex plot as the real gem is in the writing and execution. The dialogue is a ton of fun, especially when Samuel L. Jackson gets involved; sharp, witty and sprinkled with just enough double entendres to make you giggle. The humor in the film isn’t the slapstick, in-your-face style of many movies that lampoon their genre. It is more akin to a British style of wit and whimsy that reminded me of films like Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.
Perhaps I was influenced by the spur-of-the-moment decision to watch a movie tonight, but I found Kingsman to be delightful and fun, and I’d highly recommend it (although it’s not very ‘young-kid’ friendly).