Men in suits with impeccable grace and suave are nothing new as far as Spy films are concerned. And that precisely is one of the reasons why Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ may be perceived as ‘old wine in new bottle’. But before we judge it as a ‘wannabe James Bond’ franchise one-off, Kingsman’s distinguishable cinematic uniqueness deserves more discussion. Kingsman remains as a rejuvenating dare that explored spy movies, by synthesizing thrilling formulae with a rough and tumble treatment, highly volatile action sequences and a cinematic rhythm that hyperboles with well-orchestrated stunts. Coming off at first as a flick with the Bond shtick forced into it, Matthew Vaughn’s foresight is solid like his film’s treatment – it surprises you just when you are ready to typecast it as another generic spy movie.
While on a mission in the Middle East, an agent who is part of an espionage network, calling themselves the Kingsmen, sacrifices his life to protect his superior from a grenade blast. Unable to bear with the loss of his beloved colleague, the team lead reaches out to his good friend’s wife. He gives her young son Eggsy, a medal with an emergency number on it.
Close to a decade later, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is seen as a streetwise troublemaker who engages himself in petty crimes and car thefts. Despite having higher IQ and capabilities, Eggsy drops out of the training for Royal Marines. After being humiliated at a local pub by a group of young brats, Eggsy pays it back by stealing the main man’s car. He is incarcerated and while in custody, he calls the number. Harry Hart (Colin Firth), who goes by the code name Galahad, responds to the call and helps Eggsy out.
Soon after, Galahad asks Eggsy to join him to become a Kingsman. Eggsy becomes Galahad’s candidate as he is taken to a boot camp where numerous other candidates are made to go through rigorous training sessions. Thinking that ‘everyman for himself’ would be the best attitude to survive the boot camp candidates ruthlessly try to win the sessions except for Eggsy who makes sure that his fellow candidates are kept from harm’s way as he ventures into each test. Seeing through Eggsy’s kind-hearted attitude of putting himself out there as a helper than as competition, ‘Merlin’ (Mark Strong) the conductor of the tests ends up having Eggsy and Roxy (Sophie Cookson), a female candidate who has a similar perspective like Eggsy, as the final candidates. However, Eggsy has one last test where he is tasked with killing a puppy he was made to nurture through the tests to prove his loyalty to Kingsmen. Eggsy denies to g through the test and Roxy is named the next Kingsman under the code name ‘Lancelot’.