RebelCommander’s review published on Letterboxd:
I didn't pay close attention during my first watch. I never knew that the Kingsman code names were from King Arthur and members of his realm.
Samuel L. Jackson joins a film franchise playing an antagonist desiring to reduce Earth's population to deal with climate change. Richmond Valentine, a wealthy technocrat, chooses to offer the rich and the powerful the opportunity to survive a worldwide purge induced by sim chips in free cell phones.
Four years later, Jackson would rejoin another franchise where the team his character assembled faces off against another antagonist who chooses to wipe the universe's populate by half without favoritism. It seems like his plan is at least without discrimination.
Back to the Kingsman: The Secret Service, we watch a great introduction to a secret organization and a young man recruited to join it. Taron Egerton was an excellent selection for the role of Eggsy. He is a young man, intelligent enough to pursue whatever opportunity he desires, yet stays close to home to protect his mother and sister. Many could look at him at first glance and believe him to be a slacker, troublemaker, and hooligan. Sometimes you have to look beneath the surface to find a real jewel.
Like his father, Eggsy is brave, compassionate, and willing to risk his life for his people. Both men are treated as failures by the same organization charged to protect the world. Arthur (Michael Caine), the leader of the spy organization, is incapable of seeing past his vision for what makes a Kingsman.
This story delivers an entertaining training sequence that leads to a rescue operation filled with action, gore, and great humor. The film takes itself seriously while having fun too. It is not just another Mission Impossible, James Bond, or 24. It's a movie that doesn't attempt to be like them but instead something different.
The proof of this movie's differences occurs in the Kentucky church and Eggy's reward for saving the world. Those scenes and conversations wouldn't be as directly within the films as mentioned earlier and TV shows. Is it an actual test of a device's ability to initiate aggression when utilizing a group assembled for hate already?
One other thing I never noticed in my first watch was the Mark Hamill was in this. As much as I thought this was a good movie when I first saw this, I also didn't pay close attention. I don't know what that says about me.