Initial Thought: When I saw the trailer I knew this one I had to see. It looked so fluid, funny, and just plain badass. The cast also really caught my attention. The question was when would I get the chance. Well now I have and I'm super excited to get the show on the road.
Characters/Acting: There is quite a power cast here which is always awesome for comic book related films. It gets the fans to come while getting newcomers interested as well. Mark Hamill is looking probably the best he has in awhile here. I just love Samuel L. Jackson's character because he is evil yet his behavior and lisp make him quite likeable. His right hand girl is a badass too! I realized the cliche of having a British villain constantly is reversed where the British are good and the villain is played by an American. I thought that it was a wonderful change seeing as Mark Strong was in a commercial pointing out why is usually picked for villain roles. Why am I always attracted to the mostly deadly of female characters? I have to say Gazelle was fun to watch and kind of reminded me of Hit Girl and Gogo Yubari (from Kill Bill).
Story: Well this is a spy movie based off a comic book involving teens taking down terrorists. The action scenes are a pure adrenaline rush. I highly enjoy stylized action especially when it isn't toned down for a PG-13 or under rating. I am kind of tired of the asshole step-dad/boyfriend cliches in movies, but I guess it kind of works here to explain character traits a little. I had wondered about a certain scene so I had to look up if I was correct. There is a scene where Samuel L. Jackson is talking to someone and the camera pans out and you hear a voice that sounds quite close to Barack Obama and you realize he is in the White House! I have to say that was a really well done scene. The whole initiation process reminds me of several of those kind of movies like Ender's Game or Starship Troopers. I love seeing all the different spy gadgets movies come up with. They always seem to find something fun and different. This has by far some of the most beautiful gory violence I have seen in film. The death scenes are brutal and incredibly creative. The ending was really well done.
Directing/Writing: Matthew Vaughn is a blast to watch. Every movie I have seen of his are just plain awesomeness. He has yet to make something that isn't fun. So this was co-written by Jane Goldman who collaborates with Vaughn a lot so it's no surprise that I would enjoy her too. Even her solo work on Woman in Black was good as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is based off the work of Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar who both have good comics that were made into popular violence oriented movies. Dave Gibbons had Watchmen while Frank Millar was behind Wanted and the Kick-Ass films. The writing here is just fantastic. Everything said here usually has a meaning that is mentioned before or explained later. I also love all the little mentions of pop culture throughout. They really made an enjoyable world here. If a sequel is made I sure hope they return behind the scenes instead of someone else at the helm.
Final Thought: This has to be one really amazing movie. The acting was great. All the characters were fun to watch and get to know. The action was badass and really gets your attention. It has a lot of James Bondesque stuff in it while being much more mature than the latter. I liked how Mark Hamill played a character, but in the comics it was him as the one who first gets recruited. Anyways I really can't wait for a sequel because this was just so much fun. If you haven't seen it yet you better get on with it!