Having transitioned with ease from producer to director to helm the underrated Layer Cake, Matthew Vaughn continues to impress with another violent, overtly commercial action flick based on a comic book. Just as with Kick Ass, the source material comes from Mark Millar and regular writing cohort Jane Goldman is once again on board to help pen this entertaining homage to Bond and co.
Eggsy' (a great Egerton) is an inner city youth with bags of unfulfilled potential. His mother is shacked up with a local wrong-sort and his life is going nowhere fast. When he's arrested for crashing a stolen car, he's bailed out by an old military friend of his father - who he subsequently learns is actually a secret agent working for an elite, inexplicably well-dressed independent agency who strive to take down the world's bad guys (think Archer with a stiffer upper lip). Samuel L. Jackson's internet billionaire is one of those bad guys, and Eggsy must first make it through dangerous basic training before becoming one of the coveted 'Kingsmen', tackling the nerdy, evil-doing bastard and thwarting his very 21st century plans.
s with the Kick Ass hall shoot-out, there's one particular scene set to seemingly random music that particularly stands out. To delve any further would be veering on spoiler territory, but it's actually properly mental (innit, etc.). Vaughn continues to show a flair for action and his work here is as fluid as ever, while his trademark 'cheeky peek under the hood of the British establishment' is played purely for fun and absolutely works.
he cast are all game ball and the material never takes itself too seriously. This, and a barrage of other elements, makes Kingsman one of the most entertaining action flicks we've seen in a while.