‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ (2014) marks the third time that director Matthew Vaughn has made a movie adaptation from a comic book material, the first two being: ‘Kick Ass’ (2010) and (X-Men: First Class). Over the last two decades, we’ve observed how so many comic book and superhero movies fall easily into the trap of taking themselves way too seriously. Where Vaughn’s vision lies, and so far proved by his former comic adapted films is that they draw a clear balance as to where both drama and serious character development ends and cartoonish humour meets, leaving a unique entertainment that completely stands out. Based on the comic by Mark Millar, this films deals about a young man called Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) who follows into the footsteps of his father (who also was a Kingsman) by getting himself recruited and trained into a private British intelligence with the help of a colleague of his father- Harry Hart aka “Galahad”. Eggsy soon finds himself in a mission of having to tackle a global threat being perpetrated by a wealthy megalomaniac, Richmond Valentine (Samuel L Jackson).
This is a very genre-savvy movie. It’s a sort of comedy that isn’t quite a parody but still pokes fun at familiar conventions of a certain category of cinema. The characters here know the James Bond franchise all too well and sometimes that allows them to come off more realistic than what we get in a 007 movie, at least in terms of their relationship to the modern world and the logic of some of their actions. Fans of James Bond and Kick Ass will certainly love this it’s filled with roller-coasters of action, comedy and espionage, Just like the colourful, gadget-ridden Bond films of the 1960s, Kingsman is fun to watch with British humour-like one-liners for example – ‘wham, bam, thank you ma’am’. Taron Egerton proves to be an outstanding newcomer with his portrayal of “Eggsy” as he brings his character into life with an energizing vibe of a comparing ethic of chav lifestyle vs gentleman’s class. It’s also quite refreshing to see Colin Firth take on an action role and kicking some ass – something we’re not used to seeing at all! Firth does well to be father-like figure to Eggsy.
Kingsman is never short of violence with its stylized-spectacle of ultra-violence, with guns and slicing of body parts and explosions. It also does well with an incorporating an excellent use of black humour. Over all, Kinsgman has elements of both of a Bond film and Austin Powers. Now you must be wondering as to what films are out there which are quite similar to Kinsgman. For this list, we’ve chosen such films who share themes with Kingsman like action scenes with bloody violence, good comedy, super spy action and even a superhero vibes. Well, here is the list of films similar to Kingsman based on our recommendations which you’ll enjoy watching very much. You can watch some of these movies like Kingsman on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)
Based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name, this Guy Ritchie-directed spy-action film has two agents from both the CIA and KGB who have to team up during the height of the Cold War and stop a crisis which has the potential to end the world. It is witty, light-hearted without being a spoof and heavy-hearted and incorporates the themes from a 1960s style spy movie. Yes, the plot of the film is a bit of a mess but it is compensated by some sharp dialogue, good action scenes and a great attention to detail. Watch this movie for both Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer’s performances whose oozing chemistry between the two of them is what makes this movie quite entertaining.
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