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Kingsman: The Secret Service ★★★★

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Michael Caine

Based on the “Secret Service” comic book, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a cross of “Men in Black” and the Bond series.  When the Kingsman’s secret service loses a spy from their organisation they go out to find new recruits to take his place.  They bring together what they each believe to be the next secret spy, including a street thug who proves there’s more to him than meets the eye.  What comes next is a series of gruelling tasks that will put them to the test.  The Secret Service however has a main task to complete and that’s to stop Richmond Valentine from brainwashing the world’s entire inhabitants.

“Kingsman” has everything from action to comedy.  There is lots of violence, over the top gore and is perhaps not for those who are faint hearted.  There are plenty of funny moments throughout the films.

Samuel L. Jackson plays the bad guy with a lisp and plays it very well.  Colin Firth proves he can do action and is brilliant as a spy, showing off his range as an actor and newcomer Taron Egerton proves he’s more than up to the task.

If you liked “Kick-ass” or a fan of the Bond film series then you’ll like “Kingsman”.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is perhaps one of the more entertaining British films to have come out in a while.

 

 

 

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Big Hero 6 ★★★★

Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya Rudolph

“Big Hero 6” is based on the Marvel comic of the same name.  “Big Hero 6” is a superhero comedy about a friendship between boy and robot. Hiro is a teenager unsure of what do with his life but then his brother gets him into robotics and he finds his calling in life.  When a disaster shakes up the world of science and Hiro’s life, Hiro finds comfort in Baymax, an inflatable robot that was built to help those that are sick or injured.  Baymax aids Hiro and a special bond forms between Hiro and Baymax, who acts like a surrogate brother to him.  When Hiro’s microbots are stolen, they set out to get the person responsible with Hiro’s band of friends at their side.

Hiro then goes about transforming Baymax into a fighting machine and his group of friends into a band of high-tech heroes going by the name of Big Hero 6 to bring down the bad guy and save San Francisco from further chaos and death.

“Big Hero 6” is well-written and brilliantly animated.  There is plenty of action which is made even better by astounding 3D.

Hiro has a good amount of screen time as the main character of the film but Baymax steals most of the film as the cute, loveable robot.  The rest of characters are side lined and don’t have much screen time overall and the characters are not very well developed as a whole.

The film is very fast paced and will have you on the edge of your seats.  There are lots of funny moments but the ending will pull at your heart strings.  This film balances the mixture of emotions, action and visual effects well making “Big Hero 6” an entertaining film for all ages alike to enjoy.

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