X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has another comic book movie in the works. This time, it’s a remake of the comic book Kingsman: The Secret Service–and, boy, does it look like we’ve seen all this before.
So there’s about a super-secret British intelligence service that recruits the “best of the best” for their ranks by putting them through a series of dangerous and deadly trials. Think of it as James Bond: The Wonder Years. Colin Firth–the Oscar-winning star of The King’s Speech–plays one of the underground agency’s recruiters. He picks up a British street thug played by Taron Egerton, who he thinks might have potential. Yeah, it’s the kind of British street thug who says things like, “Shut up!”
The agency then starts putting him and his fellow recruits through the wringer with a serious of dangerous challenges that require them to think on their feet or die in the process. That all adds up to look like this…
So basically it’s another movie about an espionage group that somehow has a ridiculous funding level to afford secret gadgets like grenade cigarette lights that picks up a plucky, hotheaded rookie from the ranks to mold them into one of their own. We could rattle off a ton of movies that have already done the same thing: Men in Black, RIPD, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Matrix, Hellboy. We could go on but we have other things to do than remind Hollywood how many times they keep making the same movie over and over again. You might be asking yourself, “Well, maybe this one will be different from those?” We’ll tell you what the big difference is in Kingsman. This one takes place in Great Britain.