FEATURE FRIDAY | KINGSMAN
Welcome to another installment of Feature Friday, in which we share with you some of our favorite Movies & TV shows! When we first were dating one of the things we bonded over was chatting about some of our favorite shows. We’ve found that is the same for a lot of our couples too! So, every now and then, we will showcase a different movie or show and share some of the reasons why we recommend it and the things that we really like about it. So be sure to tune in, check out some of our favorites, and maybe even turn it into a date night with your fiance! Make dinner or order in and tune in to watch one of our favorites.
This week: Kingsman – The Secret Service
“Manners maketh man.” It’s an odd lesson to learn from a hyper-violent spy thriller, but it’s hard to walk away from “Kingsman: The Secret Service” without those words ringing in your ears. You see, the Kingsmen are not only the haberdashers of high English society and paragons of style, they’re also the last line of defense for the United Kingdom and the modern incarnation of the Knights of the Round Table. It’s an R-rated James Bond story with Arthurian mythology, an amputee assassin named Gazelle who kills people with her knife legs, and Samuel L. Jackson trying to kill poor people by making their heads explode.
Now, that’s a lot to take in, and writer-director Matthew Vaughn (who also directed the sequel “The Golden Circle,” as well as “Layer Cake,” “Stardust,” “Kick-Ass,” and “X-Men First Class”) paces his 129-minute film within an inch of its life. There’s something for everyone over the age of… let’s say 17? Did I mention the assassin has knife legs? There’s also some pretty explicit (but genuinely funny) sexual humor in the third act.
But truly, the main reason to watch the Kingsman films is the cast. Taron Egerton is our lead, Eggsy, a stereotypical “chav” whose father was a Kingsman agent killed in the line of duty. Colin Firth is Harry Hart (the Galahad of the modern Knights), who takes Eggsy under his wing and trains him to become a Kingsman. Samuel L. Jackson is Valentine, an eccentric billionaire who – again – wants to murder people via cranial explosion. Michael Caine is Arthur (think Bond’s boss M) and Mark Strong is his Merlin (think Q). There are a couple of fun cameos thorughout as well, but you won’t get them spoiled here.
Everything Vaughn makes is very good, and his Kingsman films are no exception. We highly recommend this one for the next date night when you’re looking for something you can laugh, gasp, and cringe at (in a good way) together.