I shouldn't be surprised that it worked, seeing as how it came from director Matthew Vaughn who knocked it out of the park with Kick-Ass. This time, instead of subverting the superhero genre, he's going after the superspy. Colin Firth is a dashing gentleman of a secret agent, mentoring a young potential agent (newbie Taron Egerton). Samuel L Jackson's baddie has a plot to take over the world using cell phones or something, and the recruits are left to save civilization.
It was a perfectly fun movie, but I felt like something was missing. Maybe Firth was too restrained. Maybe it was all too absurd and needed a bit more grounding. Maybe Jackson was a bit too much. I don't know. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy myself. I do love James Bond and Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer and any other superspy this film was meant to pay tribute to, and this was a genius way to do so. I especially loved all of the training challenges the newbies were put thru.
I'd be very interested to see this progress as a franchise. The framework is there for it to be great. Just needs a little more polish.
Kingsman: The Secret Service - \m/ \m/ \m/ \n