Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 8

effects 8

editing 7

writing 8


3.8 out of 5 🐙


The loving attention to aesthetic in this film is what struck me the most. It was as if Wes Anderson decided to direct a comic book adaptation (I’d love to see him do that, by the way). The 2nd most striking thing about this movie is Taron Egerton holding his own against acting powerhouses Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. I’m not saying he commanded the same amount of attention from the camera but the fact that he was not overwhelmed is a feat in and of itself. Egerton is charismatic and confident and you’d have to be to cut your own part of this cast. At the time I saw this, I did not think it would end up becoming a trilogy but I can’t question the solid start. Aside from his strong lead, the story is interesting and the bad guy has an interesting and fresh master plan. What do all these strikes add up to? A perfectly cromulent action flick with a smart edge.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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