Firth is rather debonair as the proper English gentleman Harry Hart, a nod to the caviar-eating Bond, but he’s also a keen reminder that manners take a man much further in the game than a good old-fashioned licence to kill does. Harry, forever indebted to the late Lancelot, the man who gave his life during a haywire mission, honours his bond like a proper knight. So, when the time comes to summon a new Kingsman to the round table, Harry defies his classist superior, Arthur (a well-cast Michael Caine), and recruits a London hooligan named Eggsy (Taron Egerton, who makes a promising leading man) to compete for the ranks of Kingsman. Eggsy’s father is the man to whom Harry owes his life, and this theme of service and honour leads both Harry and his protégé to prove that guts and heart outrank birth and class.
Rating: ★★★ (out of ★★★★★)
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