Movies Open Forum: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE written by Robert Reineke February 12, 2015 It didn’t take long in 2015 for the first movie to be based on a comic book to open with KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE making it’s American debut tonight. KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE has Matthew Vaughn reuniting with a concept created by Mark Millar and co-created by Dave Gibbons for what looks like a tongue in cheek bit of super-spy nastiness and send-up. Perhaps an R-rated version of the Roger Moore Bond movies is the intent. Either way, early reviews and buzz are that it’s quite enjoyable, albeit perhaps insubstantial. Still, it’s nice to see Colin Firth clearly having some fun. And, while I have very mixed feelings about the work of Mark Millar, you have to admire his success at making Hollywood pitches for properties that are of recent vintage. On the other hand, is anybody else getting a weirdly regressive vibe out of a story which apparently involves Colin Firth getting a young man out of “urban” clothes and attitude and into a suit so that an organization of white guys can defeat an evil black guy? Then again, Mark Millar is a noted button pusher. Anyways, we’ll all be happy to hear your thoughts on this film. Open Forum: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Kingsman: The Secret Service 9 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Drea de Matteo To Menace Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. next post Joel Kinnaman Is The New Favorite For Rick Flag In SUICIDE SQUAD You may also like See Official Photos From JURASSIC WORLD! June 12, 2014 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Releases One Last... March 31, 2015 Movie Review: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT January 18, 2014 Warner Bros. And J.K. Rowling Find FANTASTIC... September 12, 2013 First Poster For ROBOCOP Encourages You To... September 12, 2013 Second GODZILLA Trailer Asserts Nature’s Dominance February 26, 2014 James Bond: First Image And Video From... February 12, 2015 Retro Review: MAD MAX March 1, 2015 JAWS and the Mostly Forgotten Allure of... June 8, 2015 JURASSIC WORLD: Meet Indominus Rex January 29, 2015 T.J. Just got a fresh batch of movie gift cards, so I’m going to see it later this weekend. It looks good, reviews look good, and for crying out loud, everyone do something to take a dent out of 50 Shades’ box office total. Surely we can value original graphic novel material over Twilight fan fiction. Right…? T.J. Saw it last night and thought it was a blast. It’s a weird concoction of Bond, Harry Potter & Quentin Tarantino. Recommend. Robert Reineke Don’t worry about how much money 50 Shades makes, a lot, just appreciate the fact that Kingsman looks to be a substantial success. This year appears to be well on the way to putting to bed the myth that only movies that open in May, June, July, November, and December can open to blockbuster numbers. September, when school starts up and everybody is busy, looks like the last frontier. T.J. I’m not worried so much about how much money 50 Shades makes as much as what it says about us as humans that it can make that much money. 😛 Robert Reineke To be fair, there are plenty of “modern myth” films that are both awful and pretty major successes. stock Hopefully, its good. Can’t quite get past “Shaw Up!” but whaevah. And no, I have no problem with evil black guys being portrayed by good black actors, or that everyone lined up against him appears to be a lighter shade. As long as I’m not looking at another Spirit. Robert Reineke FWIW, I found the movie itself was a lot more balanced than the trailers were in regards to aristocrats vs. working class, sophisticated vs. “urban”, etc. It pretty much took shots at everything. I didn’t love it, but I did like it a quite a bit. It’s certainly a case of style over substance, but when you’re taking on the gentleman spy genre, that’s entirely appropriate. stock People are saying its a fun movie, and that’s all it needs to be. But I have to say that along with Kingsmen, I’m primed for Bond and hoping for Blofeld to return in the form of Christoph Waltz. That’ll be fun, I think. Darren Bolgioni If you don’t have Netflix or Hulu membership, you can watch the Kingsman movie here : http://bit.ly/kingsmantss – Ads free and fast streaming.