Escape to the Movies: Kingsman: The Secret Service - Can Lightning Strike Again?

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Kingsman: The Secret Service - Can Lightning Strike Again?

Can the creative team behind Kick Ass do it again?

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This film should have gone so much further.

Sigh so much horror potential not used still a great film though.

My Dad went to see it and he said it was fun and I too really want to see it but I just cannot stand the way Chavs talk, it simply pisses me off. Plus the guy has a very punchable face.

Perfect timing to be reminded that it's good as I do intend to watch it tomorrow.

Hmm, I wonder whether the Spider-Man thing will be relatively controlled (maybe just an article or two or perhaps a Big Picture episode). I doubt it.

On a barely related note, I hope this film has some kind of ridiculous action sequence to allow the beauty that is this video (based on Kick-Ass) to be replicated.

Sounds like a decent-enough time-killer. I'll be sure to keep that in mind.

I was hoping this was good.

Aww, I was hoping to see you tear 50 shades a new one.

Oh well.

I'm still not sure if Bob liked the movie because the church in-fight scene or he liked it despite the church in-fight scene. In other words, if this movie was a multiple course meal, I am not sure if the scene was the next dish in his course that he loved or the big cherry on top on his dessert. For me, if the movie did not have the scene in question, he might have given the movie "Good" or "Better than Other Movies of Late" rating, rather than "Really Good Movie. Go See It" rating (which is the vibe I got from this review).

On the side note, I also would like to see that scene. Some people just need to have their senses knocked out cold, even in fiction. >:D

So its a proper Millar Adaptation. Actually the flaws you describe in the film are the same flaws with the comic. A lot of it just doesn't flow evenly. Admittedly I just didn't dig the comic, but thats not indicative of Millars talent. He takes ideas and throws them at the wall sometimes they come together sometimes they don't. Honestly I would have preferred an adaptation of "Nemesis" or the ongoing "Jupiter's Legacy", but the budget required for something like the latter would be far beyond anything thats been greenlight before for a superhero film and would still require an R rating.

I was half expecting Bob reviewing 50 Shades of Grey this week. It is far outside his comfort zone, and he most likely hates it on principle alone, but it is already poised to be the biggest cinematographic event this year (outside of the geek pop culture).

OT: I had no idea of this movie, but I will have to pay attention to it now. The Kickass movies are full of issues, but at least they are effective when it comes to indulging in guilty pleasures...

hermes200:
I was half expecting Bob reviewing 50 Shades of Grey this week. It is far outside his comfort zone, and he most likely hates it on principle alone, but it is already poised to be the biggest cinematographic event this year (outside of the geek pop culture).

OT: I had no idea of this movie, but I will have to pay attention to it now. The Kickass movies are full of issues, but at least they are effective when it comes to indulging in guilty pleasures...

This is the only week of the year that its not entirely remakes or sequels, so I don't blame Bob for going with the movie that actually had potential to be good.

Dammit why do people keep using Lancelot (A french Import character) and Galahad as the two go two knights. Show some love for Gwain.

I couldn't help but notice that there was no video transcript with a star rating at the bottom for this video. It is also the only video in a few months whose subtitle is ambiguous about MovieBob's opinion of the movie. I can't help but feel this is not a coincidence.

I found this movie a really fun ride, and loved the hell out of Firth's big murder spree, but for all that's great here there's just too much mediocrity (the plot and bad guy for example) to make it worth repeat viewings. Also the female lead is literally superfluous, at no point does she contribute anything to the plot, and the film just forgets about her after sending her on a narratively pointless side mission during the climax. She doesn't even get shoehorned into a love interest role, and her lack of purpose starts to become downright surreal with the amount of screentime she gets. Also that ending was basically that creepy shower scene from Skyfall but played for laughs, which somehow made it even more uncomfortable.

So this movie caught my attention because I am a huge fan of the old Avengers TV show (that's Steed and Peel, not Spiderman and Iron Man). I'm surprised that, despite the show's obscurity, I haven't heard any comparisons yet. The trailers reminded me of my favorite episode, "The Correct Way to Kill" (which can be found on Hulu). The mostly positive reviews of Kingsmen give me hope that they might try to make a good remake of Avengers. The 90's movie was fundamentally flawed in writing, tone, and casting. Ralf Finnes and Uma Thurman are great actors, but they don't fit the roles. Finnes isn't the happy-go-lucky Steed that only cares slightly more about the hidden spy than where to find a good Chardonnay and Thurman isn't Mrs. Emma Peel (pronounced Miss S-M appeal), the strong independent woman who stays calm and collected in every situation while saving Steed more often than he saves her.

Anyway, interested in following this movie and seeing if more like it follow. Thanks for the review Bob.

lastoflancas:
I'm still not sure if Bob liked the movie because the church in-fight scene or he liked it despite the church in-fight scene.

I think he said that it's well executed pandering.

Gizmo1990:
My Dad went to see it and he said it was fun and I too really want to see it but I just cannot stand the way Chavs talk, it simply pisses me off. Plus the guy has a very punchable face.

Yeah, when I saw the first ad that put me off too, only after hearing several good reviews including this one am I considering changing that stance (and that the film supposedly has a pug at one point), I know he'll get on my nerves anyway but it may be worth it >.>

I'm really starting to hate Moviebob's misanthropy. The Westboro Baptist Church may be terrible people but they're still people. I don't have to like them to not want to see them murdered. (an image in the spoiler not a spoiler for the movie)

Wow...*one* movie has an American villain and British good guys, and Bob can't handle it. The number of movies where American goodies wail on a British villain is frankly so high it's gone beyond cliché, but one that reverses it and it's a huge deal.

I thought it was a very enjoyable movie, well worth the watch.

KingsGambit:
Wow...*one* movie has an American villain and British good guys, and Bob can't handle it. The number of movies where American goodies wail on a British villain is frankly so high it's gone beyond cliché, but one that reverses it and it's a huge deal.

I thought it was a very enjoyable movie, well worth the watch.

Eeermmm... which is basically what he said... did you actually watch the vid?

Huh, never even heard of this. After the disappointment of Jupiter Ascending this looks like it may well be worth a shot. Just as long as it doesn't lead to Colin Firth being the next Liam Neeson; he's a great actor and it would be a real shame to lose him to endless shit action films.

Sword-legs is something that dose not pop up in fiction nearly as much as it should.

I am going to watch this movie just for that.

Pseudonym2:
I'm really starting to hate Moviebob's misanthropy. The Westboro Baptist Church may be terrible people but they're still people. I don't have to like them to not want to see them murdered. (an image in the spoiler not a spoiler for the movie)

Misanthropy is hatred of all mankind. Bob seems only to hate complete tossers. It's nice that you want to make peace with the enemy, truly, but we are only obligated to play as nice as they do.

hermes200:
I was half expecting Bob reviewing 50 Shades of Grey this week. It is far outside his comfort zone, and he most likely hates it on principle alone, but it is already poised to be the biggest cinematographic event this year (outside of the geek pop culture).

OT: I had no idea of this movie, but I will have to pay attention to it now. The Kickass movies are full of issues, but at least they are effective when it comes to indulging in guilty pleasures...

Its probably because he wanted to do a fun/good movie for his last Escape to the Movies here.

BonGookKumBop:
So this movie caught my attention because I am a huge fan of the old Avengers TV show (that's Steed and Peel, not Spiderman and Iron Man). I'm surprised that, despite the show's obscurity, I haven't heard any comparisons yet. The trailers reminded me of my favorite episode, "The Correct Way to Kill" (which can be found on Hulu). The mostly positive reviews of Kingsmen give me hope that they might try to make a good remake of Avengers. The 90's movie was fundamentally flawed in writing, tone, and casting. Ralf Finnes and Uma Thurman are great actors, but they don't fit the roles. Finnes isn't the happy-go-lucky Steed that only cares slightly more about the hidden spy than where to find a good Chardonnay and Thurman isn't Mrs. Emma Peel (pronounced Miss S-M appeal), the strong independent woman who stays calm and collected in every situation while saving Steed more often than he saves her.

Anyway, interested in following this movie and seeing if more like it follow. Thanks for the review Bob.

I've been confused by that too. Why haven't anyone been mentioning The Avengers when talking about this film? I watch a trailer and I wonder where Patrick Macnee is?

Mezahmay:
I couldn't help but notice that there was no video transcript with a star rating at the bottom for this video. It is also the only video in a few months whose subtitle is ambiguous about MovieBob's opinion of the movie. I can't help but feel this is not a coincidence.

That may be because this is his last episode.

Pseudonym2:
I'm really starting to hate Moviebob's misanthropy. The Westboro Baptist Church may be terrible people but they're still people. I don't have to like them to not want to see them murdered. (an image in the spoiler not a spoiler for the movie)

I agree with you wholeheartedly. People are way too quick to hate and judge others as worthy of death, especially while condemning others for committing acts of hatred and murder and still thinking that they themselves are any better. People forget that though Fred Phelps was a horrible human being, he still had family and friends who cared about him. Celebrating his death like you just won a sporting event is one of the most dickish things someone can do.

Bob reveling over the "church fight" is the kind of thing I find really frightening about my fellow young people in our society. Yes, Homophobia is bad, but it, along with racism and misogyny, is way too high on our hierarchy of sins. Who do we most want to see beaten, brutalized, and killed? Murderers, rapists, child pornographers; no, people who don't agree with our narrow social/political beliefs.

Well this is the last review Bob's going to do on the Escapist and honestly I would have preferred it be 50 Shades of Grey (for what I hope are obvious reasons) but I suppose this is fine. I used to enjoy your reviews and columns alongside Yahtzee and Jim Sterling, but honestly I thought there was a noted decline in your work over the last few months. Perhaps it was a simple bleeding over of your blog/twitter/etc. into your other work, but all in all I just haven't enjoyed your work anywhere near as much as I used to.

Regardless, you did once give me quite a bit of enjoyment and for that I unreservedly thank you.

So long, Bob, and thanks for all the fish.

KazeAizen:

hermes200:
I was half expecting Bob reviewing 50 Shades of Grey this week. It is far outside his comfort zone, and he most likely hates it on principle alone, but it is already poised to be the biggest cinematographic event this year (outside of the geek pop culture).

OT: I had no idea of this movie, but I will have to pay attention to it now. The Kickass movies are full of issues, but at least they are effective when it comes to indulging in guilty pleasures...

Its probably because he wanted to do a fun/good movie for his last Escape to the Movies here.

Say what?

Dignified, classy British Imperialism is best Imperialism.

josh4president:
Well this is the last review Bob's going to do on the Escapist.

Why am I only hearing this now?

hermes200:

KazeAizen:

hermes200:
I was half expecting Bob reviewing 50 Shades of Grey this week. It is far outside his comfort zone, and he most likely hates it on principle alone, but it is already poised to be the biggest cinematographic event this year (outside of the geek pop culture).

OT: I had no idea of this movie, but I will have to pay attention to it now. The Kickass movies are full of issues, but at least they are effective when it comes to indulging in guilty pleasures...

Its probably because he wanted to do a fun/good movie for his last Escape to the Movies here.

Say what?

He got fired. Canned. Terminated. He was given a pink slip. He was sent to the unemployment line.

http://moviebob.blogspot.com/2015/02/all-good-things.html?spref=tw

josh4president:
Well this is the last review Bob's going to do on the Escapist and honestly I would have preferred it be 50 Shades of Grey (for what I hope are obvious reasons) but I suppose this is fine.

The Fifty Shades movie is just really dull, you couldn't get anywhere near as much review material as you can with Kingsman.

Good luck Bob. I can't believe the Escapist let you go when they are really low on content.

It's like someone is trying to shut this place down.

Good luck in your next endeavor. See you on Twitter I suppose. :)

KingsGambit:
Wow...*one* movie has an American villain and British good guys, and Bob can't handle it. The number of movies where American goodies wail on a British villain is frankly so high it's gone beyond cliché, but one that reverses it and it's a huge deal.

I thought it was a very enjoyable movie, well worth the watch.

That's kinda why it's a big deal, though... :P

OT:
How the hell did I miss all adverts for this movie?
I'mma try to see it. This looks silly. Yay, exposure!

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