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Kingsman: The Secret ServiceUncomfortably Extreme

by Yo Snyder | 2015-02-13 | Movies, Reviews
This isn’t that kind of movie. Kingsman: Secret Service is very aware of how much it owes to the likes of James Bond and others, but it also clearly points out that it isn’t that kind of movie. At first it may be hard to tell the difference. After all, it has the gadgets, it has the well-tailored suits, it has the gentleman spy, it has the megalomaniac villain with plans of global destruction (or redemption, depending on whether or not you buy into his rationalization); so yes, it seems to be very much like some of those other movies. The difference, however, is the extremes to which Kingsman goes at times with both its violent content and with some of its dark humor. There were a few time when those extremes just made me plain uncomfortable, and despite being a favorite genre of mine for how entertaining I find it, there were times where this particular spy movie just wasn’t entertaining because of how extreme and dark it was. Most of that was played for laughs and for fun, but it most definitely not how I felt, and despite my love for classic James Bond movie, this was definitely not that kind of movie. In truth, I enjoyed much of the film right up till about the mid-way point when we first see the bad guy’s plans put into action during a “test” run, which is done at a church. Now, I know this church was intended to be a caricature of the Westboro Baptist Church extreme, but I think there was more going on in this portrayal. It really kind of felt like this film was saying if you’re going to test out something that will allow people to unleash their hate and anger without any inhibition, naturally the best place to test that would be in a place that’s anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-sex, anti-Democrat, entirely judgmental and etc., because obviously a place like that must be filled with barely suppressed hate. It’s far from a positive portrayal of the Church, and perhaps rightly so because of the Westboros and others... read
 

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