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It is tough getting a movie in with a family. Not to say that I don’t enjoy sitting and watching a family friendly film, but sometime it is important to watch grown up films as well. Unfortunately, my tastes and D’s usually run contrary to each other. While I am always up for action or science fiction, Divina wants to watch a film on the opposite side of the spectrum. This has usually lead to us going to the movies together but watching two different films (not the best thing to do when trying to spend time together without the boys!) That is why it was surprising that we were able to meet on common ground with the surprise selection of KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE for our date movie.
So we packed up the boys sent them to a grandmama snapped up a Fandango gift card and dialed up our apps to find a showing. I have to say that I have been using the Fandango app as my main method to determining whether I should see a movie or not. Since it shows the Rotten Tomatoes rankings as well as the rating by fans especially which I like to read over critic ranking as fans are less bogged down with the expectations and general skepticism of the movie business. One feature of the App that I discovered and really liked was that once you purchase your tickets the app will remind you when the movie is going to start so to ensure you arrive on time.
I have to admit that I have a sneaking suspicion that the reason why she wanted to see the film was because it starred Mr. Darcy himself, Colin Firth. The film follows a young punk kid as he is initiated in the ranks of the most exclusive secret independent agency of the Kingsmen (modeled after the Knights of the Round Table). KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE kick butt as efficiently and spectacularly as their well-tailored bespoke suits from Savile Row. The aforementioned Mr. Darcy plays Galahad, who brings in new comer.
The movie plays like a love letter to the old school bond movies with its sharp dressed British agents and an outlandish performance by Samuel L. Jackson playing a cartoon version of Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons combined with Bill Gates as the big bad guy with the World dominating master plan.
While the violence was on the super graphic and hyper stylized style of Matthew Vaughan’s previous movie Kick Ass it didn’t have the same style of humour that made it more than a bunch of guys getting killed or blown up. One scene at a church (albeit a racist hate mongering church) just didn’t sit well with me. Though it needs to be said that the action and general mayhem of the scene was amazing as well as the choreography required for the scene to come off without a hitch. With that said, D enjoyed the film mainly due to Jackson’s performance as the bad guy as well as his refreshing motivations behind his actions in the movie (mainly he was trying to prevent the opening scenes from Wall-e from happening).
My feelings about the church scene notwithstanding, the film was really entertaining, I honestly felt that it would have fit right in with the popcorn action flick of the summer had it not run the danger of being crowded out and forgotten due to the mass of superhero and space themed movies that rule that particular period of the year (this year especially!)
This brings me to my final point; we almost didn’t even get a chance to watch the movie. It had nothing to do with being late to the theater or finding a baby sitter, rather our local movie theater had closed and was being replaced by a gym. Believe me, I am certainly not one to say that being healthy and staying in shape is not an important thing, but the loss of a local movie theater is certainly a extremely sad thing. That might mean that one more boy or girl won’t watch an amazing film like Star Wars and have their life be changed. I can still remember watching The Matrix and coming out of the experience with my mind blown. It is an experience that just can’t be replicated at home no matter the screen or sound system. I am afraid that one day movie theaters will be a thing of the past that I will be trying to explain to my grandchildren. Hopefully that doesn’t happen but it is possible. With that said support your local movie theater, take your kids, significant other or just go yourself, let’s keep on having those great experiences that we will remember forever. So grab your Fandango gift cards and have some fun!