Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class) has built a successful director/writer partnership with Jane Goldman, and their latest adventure is a modern take on those classically camp Roger Moore Bond movies – innuendo and gadgets galore!
Colin Firth plays the dapper super-spy Harry Hart, a nod to Michael Caine’s 60’s spy Harry Palmer, who pops up here as the elder statesman of the secret spy outfit. New blood arrives in the form of ‘Eggsy’ (Taron Egerton), a tough streetkid who gets the chance to join this secret order. In the background is internet billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a classic OTT Bondstyle villain with dreams of decimating the world.
Firth really steals this caper-movie, displaying immaculate comic-timing and some impressive action moves. The first half of the movie plays perfectly as the story builds, but the second half grows tiresome as the gadgets and action gain prominence – much like the very Bond films it is parodying