Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) is good. And Oscars 2016 prediction for Best Actor has started! That’s a bit too early.


Before I watched ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, I heard a lot of good words about it from those who have watched it earlier. It is indeed a very good and an entertaining film about a spy organization which recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. It’s something of a spy film, but this movie achieved an extra mile by mixing James Bond with Johnny English successfully. Seriousness combined with comedy. Nice.

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The film starred Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, etc. I have never see Colin in roles like this (previously he was always in drama-type films of which he had won Academy Award for Best Actor from his portrayal as King George in The King’s Speech). So, seeing him handling action stunts here is something refreshing. A young newcomer, Taron also did exceptionally well in this film. He may be a young potential star to look out for right now. Talking about the stunts, the action scenes in the movie are very cool! It’s a bit too quick, but I can still follow the pace. The training program is also interesting to watch.

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The story is very much predictable in this kind of spy film but I’m okay with it. Sometimes, we don’t need shocking plot twist. Just sticks to the typical spy formula seems to still work out for this one. The only disappointment is why Colin’s character died. I expected him to go until the last scene and teamed up with Taron to defeat the villains. In the end, it’s only a one-man show for Taron. Nevertheless, this movie is seriously entertaining and enjoyable. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ a total of 7.8.

On the other hand, I’m quite surprised that with the Academy Awards just concluded few weeks ago, people are already discussing on Oscars prediction for next year. That is a bit too early to judge, but I joined in the analysis and shared a bit of my view here. The strongest category for next year’s Oscars is still the Best Leading Actor (similar to this year when Eddie Redmayne won for his portrayal as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything in a fierce competition particularly by Michael Keaton). Many Birdman’s fans still couldn’t get off their disbelief that Michael failed to win. Please accept the fact that Eddie had already won and he deserved it. Maybe timing is not right for Michael in a category so crowded despite his strong comeback performance in Birdman.

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And Eddie may come up again strong in next year’s Oscars for his performance as a transgender in an upcoming film called The Danish Girl, a film directed by Academy Award winner (too) Tom Hooper and is set for release this November. Another perfect timing and opportunity to push Eddie for a back-to-back win in Oscar’s Best Actor to match the feat by Tom Hanks last time in the Academy Awards. His expected strong competitors would be those who have not win Oscars before and are very much overdue like Leonardo di Caprio, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender. They all have very highly potential films coming up this year. Strong competition again, and sets to look intense and exciting again.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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