'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Blu-ray Review | The Reel Roundup

TRR: When you think of spy movies, it's hard not to think of 007 himself, James Bond. The iconic film franchise has become synonymous with the genre; and just as it has grown more solemn in tone over the years, so too has the genre itself. Luckily for those who yearn for the more lighthearted feel of sixties-era espionage flicks, there's Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based on the Miles Millar and Dave Gibbons comic, the movie revolves around an organization known as Kingsman, a mild-mannered tailor's shop that's actually a clandestine spy outfit, and the efforts of one agent (Colin Firth) to stop a villainous dot-com billionaire (Samuel L. Jackson) and recruit some new talent (Taron Egerton) in the process. What follows is madcap, over-the-top violent and downright delirious, as director Matthew Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman do for superspies what their 2010 film, Kick-Ass, did for superheroes. Just don't think of Kingsman: The Secret Service as another Austin Powers. Because while the movie does have its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, it isn't spoofing the spy genre, merely injecting some of the fun back into it. In that respect, Kingsman: The Secret Service succeeds brilliantly, as the end result — like Fox's Blu-ray release — will leave audiences both shaken and stirred.

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