‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ loves James Bond, exploding heads (Our grade: C+)

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Harry (Colin Firth) helps Eggsy (Taron Egerton) turn his life around in "Kingsman: The Secret Service." (Jaap Buitendijk/Twentieth Century Fox)
Harry (Colin Firth) helps Eggsy (Taron Egerton) turn his life around in "Kingsman: The Secret Service." (Jaap Buitendijk/Twentieth Century Fox)

Harry (Colin Firth) helps Eggsy (Taron Egerton) turn his life around in “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” (Jaap Buitendijk/Twentieth Century Fox)

At a glance, British director Matthew “X-Men: First Class” Vaughn’s James Bond tribute “Kingsman: The Secret Service” seems to be sharp counterprogramming to “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

In fact, they are the exact same story: A young initiate from a lower class is introduced by a wealthy older mentor to a new world of exciting sensations, power games, beautiful clothing, private jets and exotic accessories.


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