Thanks to my Cineworld Unlimited membership, I got to see this movie tonight. I loved it but I must confess I have absolutely no idea how to describe what I just watched.
It stars Colin Firth as a very British spy (the headquarters is based on Saville Row) along with a host of stars and up and comers. Samuel L Jackson plays a very different kind of role and does it brilliantly, as usual, but if you'd ever told me he could play a convincing villain who talks with a lisp, I'd have laughed at you :) (Not a spoiler, it gets revealed in the first 10 minutes). The premise is the usual Big Bad Wants To Rule The World plot, with action sequences that you'd expect in a Bourne or a Salt movie and gadgets from the Roger Moore Bond era. At first you're sitting there thinking you're watching a very clever British spy movie with the sort of humour mixed in that only us Brits can do, and you are. And then you get into the last third and the plot goes places I wasn't expecting at all!
I can't really go into details without honking great spoilers, which is a shame, but I will say that there is a long-ish sequence that would rival Tarantino yet they've managed to somehow do it and keep a 15 certificate. Also it really isn't as gory as it should be even when people are dying in various gruesome ways. No, I don't know how they did it either, but they did. There's a least one "OMFG THEY WENT THERE!!" moment which shocked my cinema into silence. And there are some fantastic lines that had everyone hooting with laughter. Also there's an end credit sequence that didn't make people cheer so much as cacklefit :D
And you will never be able to hear "Land of Hope and Glory" the same way again. Trust me. Actually, I will spoil that, go peek under the cut below for details if you must.
All the performances are rock solid but I was very taken with young lead, Taron Egerton. I just looked him up on IMDb and I thought he looked familiar; turns out I have seen him in a few episodes of UK drama "The Smoke", which I gave up watching because it was shite. But he was good in that and he's brilliant here, so hopefully I'll be able to see him in more non-shite things :)
Do I recommend this? You probably need a certain type of humour, I think, because yeh, it does get a little weird in a "what the fuck did I just watch?" kind of way, but it's a fun movie, probably worth seeing for the fight scenes and the humour alone. And Colin Firth and Sam L Jackson are always worth the admission :)( Honking Great Spoiler )