This is the first movie "recommendation" for my blog so I want to make something clear.
First, I'm not rating movies based on how high-quality they are or their merit in terms of film-making or whatever. I'm rating them based on how much I personally enjoyed them. So when I give Jackie Chan's Rush Hour 2 a 9/10 and Citizen Kane a 6, I'm not saying Rush Hour 2 is a better film than Citizen Kane, only that I have more fun watching Jackie Chan kungfu bad guys with Chris Tucker talking smack in the background than I do watching Orson Welles' "masterpiece classic."
Second, it's not so much a review as just a collection of random thoughts I have as I'm driving home from the movie theater.
I'll start by writing a spoiler-free recommendation or why you should see it. In a separate post, I'm gonna write whatever I want, spoilers included.
Why you should watch it. (no spoilers)
BY THE WAY. I went into Kingsman with no expectations, having seen no trailers, and having no knowledge of the film whatsoever other than the director. That's a really good way to see a movie and I highly recommend it. This way, no amount of hype or preconceived notions will detract from your experience. Trailers spoil the mystique of the movie (as well as several funny moments). So if you also want to go into the movie with no expectations, stop reading and go watch it (or don't, you do what you want).
Kingsman is stylish - a perfect gentleman of a movie that will take you for fun, casual night out. At dinner, he will engage you in pleasant, light-hearted dialogue. For entertainment, he'll impress you with the panache and bravado of his fight scenes. His chivalrous efforts seem cliched to you at times but he pulls it off with such charm and charisma that, by end of the night, you can't help but smile at his sweetness. After he kisses you goodnight and you reflect, you realize that, while overall this may not have been the best date you've ever experienced, it was just what you wanted right now.
Haha in case you didn't catch on, I didn't just bold words randomly. Those are the actual descriptors of the movie in case you didn't care for my metaphor. See:
Kingsman (without the fluff):
- fun, casual
- pleasant, light-hearted
- panache and bravado of fight scenes
- cliched at times but such charm and charisma that you can't help but smile
- overall, not the best you've ever experienced
- but it's just what you wanted
Kingsman is an action movie so it's still quite violent. In some ways it's kind of like Harry Potter with spies instead of wizards. Still, it's refreshing to see a spy movie that's more about fun and being visually impressive rather than being serious, gritty, and tense. The director, Matthew Vaughn, is best known for Kick-Ass and X-men: First Class. If you liked Kick-Ass, you'll appreciate the glorious fight scenes in this movie; they're in the same style. If you didn't like Kick-Ass, that's okay because this movie is better. There are more fight scenes and, most importantly, the characters are actually likable, even the villains! It's not a technically great film; it's definitely not going to be nominated for any Oscars. The plot carries many action-comedy cliches. However, Kingsman is just flat-out entertaining and, based on the typical lack of quality film releases from January through May, I expect this to be the best movie of 2015 until the summer season (and Avengers 2). I'm definitely going to watch it again when it comes out on DVD.
Score: 8 weaponized umbrellas out of 10
To read more of my thoughts and ramblings about Kingsman, click here.