Firth gives a right royal performance

The Secret Service KSS_JB_D01_00106.tif
The Secret Service KSS_JB_D01_00106.tif

For this week’s DVD release of the week, we’re taking aim at Kingsman: The Secret Service, the enjoyably over-the-top action movie from the team that brought us Kick Ass.

Colin Firth stars as Harry Hart, one of the elite and impeccably-turned-out super-spies working for the top secret organisation known as the Kingsmen.

As a shadowy new force threatens the world, Hart selects young Gary “Eggsy” Unwin to undergo the gruelling selection process.

Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, is an unlikely candidate for the service; his life on a London council estate is a long way from the privilege and private education afforded to most other recruits.

While the young man struggles to leave his troubled past behind, Harry finds himself in a life-and-death struggle with Samuel L. Jackson’s seriously camp, eccentric eco-terrorist Richmond Valentine.

Kingsman is a film which drips style. Like director Matthew Vaughn’s previous hit Kick Ass, it is impeccably realised on film – and also super violent.

In fact, this film takes the comic-book style killings to an entirely new dimension, which may be off-putting to some, but if you can stomach the odd head explosion then it’s an entertaining ride.

Firth excels in his reborn role as an action star with a cut-glass accent and newcomer Egerton is equally impressive. They are ably assisted by strong performances throughout the supporting cast, including great turns from Michael Caine and the ever-reliable Mark Strong.

With the energy of a spaniel on Red Bull, and gore to rival an episode of Embarrassing Bodies crossed with the A-Team, it’s a movie which many might find over-the-top. But if you can turn off the brain and enjoy the ride, Kingsman is well worth watching.