My Fair Lady remade as a spy thriller comedy, cheeky James Bond pastiche Kingsman: The Secret Service fizzes with tongue-in-cheek humour and larky ultra-violence. Brace yourselves as Colin Firth’s urbane toff transforms Taron Egerton’s south London hoodie into a debonair agent for the Kingsman secret service while striving to foil the megalomaniac schemes of Samuel L Jackson’s lisping telecommunications billionaire. The team behind Kick-Ass (comic-book author Mark Millar, director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman) sometimes push things too far, but the performances are spot on. Jackson’s hip-hop attired tycoon is a hoot and Egerton has a winning swagger. Michael Caine and Mark Strong provide entertaining support, and Sofia Boutella’s sleekly lethal henchwoman and her razor-sharp prosthetic legs are a cut above, too. Best of all is Firth, dispatching a pub-load of thugs with his brolly and cutting an immaculately well-tailored dash with panache.
Certificate 15. Runtime 123 mins. Director Matthew Vaughn.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is out now on Digital HD and on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 8th June from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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