Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Film -

MIKE My­ers poked plenty of fun at the sleazy James Bond clichés with his overly hairy Austin Pow­ers se­ries (yeah baby!), but with the gritty re­boot of James Bond in re­cent years, the long­est run­ning fran­chise was ripe for re-spoof­ing.

A cheeky vi­o­lent streak runs through­out Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice, turn­ing the idea of the gen­tle­manly spy on its head.

Lon­don mis­fit Gary ‘Eg­gsy’ Un­win (Taron Eger­ton), who lives in the slums with his mother and abu­sive step-dad, learns his late bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther had a se­cret iden­tity – he was a Kings­man, a deadly se­cret ser­vice.

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is of the English up­per mid­dle class mould who re­cruits Eg­gsy, putting him through rig­or­ous train­ing with a group of oth­ers and a My Fair Lady style trans­for­ma­tion from hood­lum to re­fined.

The joke is thin – a very proper gen­tle­man armed with deadly weapons and fight­ing skills – but direc­tor and co-writer Matthew Vaughn gets se­ri­ous mileage out of it.

One of the many high­lights is watch­ing Firth one minute be­have like Mr Darcy, then the next minute slice and dice the en­emy us­ing his deadly weapons with aplomb.

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