“Kingsman: The Secret Service”
After seeing British everyman Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech,” his role as super-secret British top spy and mentor in the graphic novel-turned medium-budget blockbuster is refreshing. He maintains all of his upper-crustiness, while adding subtle humor, and serious fighting skills, particularly showcased in a comically bloody action sequence, unlike anything ever seen on film before.
Director Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class” and “Snatch”) has crafted a fast-moving spy thriller/comedy, with only one awkwardly out of place, and thankfully short, bit of raunchy-ness that distracts from an otherwise enjoyable 129 minutes. Newcomer Taron Egerton and veterans Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine turn in stand-out performances.
•In a nutshell: Four stars.