I really don’t know what to make of Kingsman: The Secret Service at this point. It has the right people behind it – Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar both did a great job with the first Kick-Ass film, and when it comes to stiff-upper-lip-type Brits, you can’t go wrong with Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Add Samuel L. Jackson as a scene-chewing villain and give him a henchwoman with a gimmicky lack of legs, and this could be a tongue-in-cheek James Bond-style action spy romp. So what’s got me worried? Two things. First: the title. It’s bad. It may represent the film, but it’s not evocative in the least. Second: the release dare. February is a dumping ground for bad movies, which could either mean the studio has no idea how to market this, or it’s a complete disaster. I’m hoping for the former.
Kingsman: The Secret Service comes out February 13, 2015.