New ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer: Colin Firth Leads an Old-School Spy Movie For a New Generation
The new trailer for ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ seemingly has everything you’d want out of a movie. There’s big, crazy action, Samuel L. Jackson acting like a lunatic, adorable puppies, a supporting cast filled with British actors that you love, and, most importantly, the simple presence of Colin Firth. The fact that Firth is playing a gentleman spy in the old school British ‘Avengers’/Sean Connery/James Bond mold is just a bonus.
Bearing almost no resemblance to the comic book on which it’s based, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ follows an experienced British spy who recruits an underachieving street youth to serve and protect Her Majesty’s government. That means a lot of training, especially in the art of using gadget-equipped umbrellas and shoes to dispatch anonymous henchmen. This new trailer puts more focus on Jackson’s Valentine, a terrorist with colorful fashion sense and a speech impediment, and he certainly looks like one of the stranger cinematic villains we’ll meet in 2015.
As for the trailer itself, we‘re not quite sold. Although the film looks better and significantly more finished then the last time we caught a glimpse of it, nothing has really wowed us. All of the right pieces are there (old-school spy movie fans are going to go nuts for all of the references on display), but everything just seems all over the place. That could translate to a movie that’s refreshingly off-kilter, an old school throwback to the sillier spy movies of the ’60s and ’70s. But it could also just represent director Matthew Vaughn falling back on bad habits. Few directors have their heads and hearts in the right place as much as Vaughn does on every project, but his films (like ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’) tend to be executed messily.
We say all of this as people who are going to see this thing on opening day. Colin Firth killing people with an umbrella? C’mon, of course we’re there! But what do you think? Will you make an appointment with ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ on February 13, 2015?