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Yes, even Kingsman: The Secret Service, one of the most surprisingly entertaining movies of the past year, is not without its faults. And that’s the job of this new video, to dissect the film and pinpoint everything that didn’t make sense, was just plain silly, or was too close of a Fifty Shades reference. Without further adieu, here’s everything wrong with Kingsman in under 11 minutes. Be warned of SPOILERS from the film.
This video from CinemaSins points out all the flaws a missteps. We ignored all of these grievances at the time because the film was straight-up fun to watch. A movie about a group of British teens vying for a spot on a super suave team of secret agents could’ve been a drag, but Matthew Vaughn delivered an action film that was unique and inappropriately, hilariously funny.
Taron Egerton played Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, a street kid with a troubled home life, as depicted through the cliches of his widowed mom looking for solace in the arms of trashy men and his wailing baby sister left to sob in the crib. He soon meets a man named Harry Hart (Colin Firth), who sees potential in him. Hart needs to find a new recruit to become a Kingsman, a member of an elite, secret society of agents who wield tricked out umbrellas and look classy as hell drinking whiskey in their holographic meetings. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson as the villain, Valentine, Michael Caine as fellow Kingsman, Arthur, Mark Strong as Merlin, Mark Hamill as Professor Arnold, and Sofia Boutella as the blade-for-feet baddie Gazelle.
According to CinemaSins, the biggest problem with the film is how it recycles old material. There are far too many references and similarities to Men in Black for their comfort, like when Merlin says, "this is mine," when Eggsy reaches for his gun. "Can we all just admit that the screenwriter started with a literal copy of the Men in Black screenplay?" the narrator asks, pointing to how the basic premise is the same: a team of new recruits, one succeeds through his ingenuity while the others succeed through the traditional methods, multiple new recruits competing for one spot, etc. Then there’s a reference later on in the film where a jet rises up from the Kingsmen mansion, harking back to Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.
Perhaps the biggest sin of all, which may or may not have been intentional, is the giant panda art hanging on the wall in Valentine’s office. As CinemaSins points out that they would’ve let this one slip by pre-Fifty Shades of Grey, but now all that comes to mind is the black-and-white panda art hanging in Christian’s office building.