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inamac loves this film, so it was definitely time to stick it in the player.

Perhaps we should have bought this on Blu-Ray because it has the most sumptuous wide-screen cinematography and colour palettes. Indeed, as a comic book movie, it should. The lead character, Eggsy, is a joy and well-acted by Taron Egerton, holding his own in an all-star cast who more often than not seemed a little lost in their one-note characters. There were some good visual gags (though few verbal ones) and the fight scenes were imaginatively choreographed.

Beyond that, the plot is ludicrous, and not half as clever as they (the writer and director) think it is. Eggsy is, to be honest, the only character I cared about in the slightest. And aspects of the ending, as pointed out by both professional critics and audiences, were vile and made me swear at the screen.



It is not so much the hundreds of bodies piled up in an orgy of violence, not even so much the exploding heads in a firework display that is a good visual joke for the first few seconds but goes on and on and on, as the hideously sexist ending. (For those of you who don't care about spoilers and have not seen the movie, Eggsy is about to rescue a princess locked up by the baddies and asks for a kiss. She tells him he can have a lot more than that. Then he explains he has to put off rescuing her because he has to save the world, and she offers him 'anal' if he does that. When he comes back there is a shot from the rear showing her sprawled out prone, naked and...er... probably ready for him.)



This ending, described under the cut, has been excused by the director as being a parody of James Bond, Roger Moore era. Which is odd because in the unintentionally hilarious making-of documentary, which we also played, the director claims originality and lack of parody. There are other reasons why this doc is hilarious - in that Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman (we name the guilty parties) also claimed that the idea of having a secret organisation concealed behind a tailor's shop was 'original'. Fans of 'The Man From UNCLE' should boggle at this point. Also that the plot is 'feasible' (I don't know if the 'expert' they consulted was kidding them but no, just no. Gaia theory? Oh, I wish that was true. Unfortunately, all the evidence is against it. I haven't read 'The Secret Service', the book on which this script was (very, very loosely, according to the documentary) based but frankly, if you have a comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, you should keep as much of their writing as possible. Because it is likely to be much better than yours.

So, very much a curate's egg of a film, though I can see why people (read Ina) liked it, though she remarked that it was a very different experience watching the TV with the subtitles than seeing it in the cinema where (having left her hearing aids at home) she couldn't hear all of the dialogue.

Addendum: I am reminded that the same team made 'Kick Ass' and, just for the record, I disliked that movie far more than I disliked this one. That time I was just bored out of my skull.

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Just going by what you say, I wonder if the making-of documentary wasn't part of the parody. I'm not even a "Man from UNCLE" fan, but I know about its secret organization hidden behind a tailor's shop. (The Mad parody is what stuck that firmly in my memory. There it's so well known that when the protagonists walk into the wrong tailor shop, they're directed to the right one.)
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Possibly it is parody, but it doesn't view like it. Vaughn goes into great detail about how he was having a suit made at a Saville Row tailor and how he suddenly thought how great it would be to have a cover where everyone who went to the tailor was in a secret intelligence organisation.

Likewise, he actually names the 'expert' who supposedly told him that the easiest way to kill off most of the Earth's population was ultrasonics that would make everyone kill each other, and that the Gaia theory, was, you know, established fact.

This is a movie that turns climate change scientists into villains, and equips an actor plainly meant to be Obama with one of the implants that explode the heads at the end. Forgive me if I am a little sceptical about it...
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Thank you! I was about to pop this one on my 'to rent' list, but given who I'm likely to watch it with, I'm backing away from it rapidly!

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Oddly, some of the greatest fans of this film are those you'd expect to be up in arms about that scene... Don't ask me why.
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Roger Ebert panned Kick-Ass so emphatically that I remember it years later. And he thought even less of the sequel.

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I didn't always agree with Ebert but he was a wonderful critic. I just found 'Kick-Ass' terminally boring and unfunny.

I still yell 'Fruit Cart!' but not actually in the cinema...

(I didn't agree all the time with the London Standard's critic either but I will never forget his review of 'Signs' which some sub-editor had headlined "Alien Corn" - summing up my feelings perfectly as did the review.)
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