KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE – Movie & Graphic Novel Review

“Never judge a book by its movie.” That rule is usually a good one to follow. I personally try to read the source material prior to seeing its screen adaptation. In recent years, however, the surge in comic book adaptations have increased the quality of the material. Now movies originating from books can easily have every bit of potential that their source material has.

Kingsman didn’t pop up on my radar until the buzz started after its theatrical release. I’d never heard of the book so I went against my normal policy and started with watching the film. Thanks to the rarity of a date night with my wife (damn kids), I didn’t get to see it until it hit Redbox and man did I ever regret the wait!

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Movies are so serious these days! This one was a breath of fresh air because it was a hell of a lot of fun. The action was top notch with appropriate humor supported by great casting. Samuel L. Jackson is better than ever with genuine ‘laugh out loud’ moments coming from his ridiculous lisping character. Director Matthew Vaughn showed yet again that any movie with his name attached is in good hands. I wish I’d managed to see this in the theaters.

My rating of Kingsman: The Secret Service (movie) is 8 out of 10.

8 out of 10

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons

This is one of the few times I can say that I liked the movie more than the book… the movie expanded on certain areas that were somewhat glossed over in the book. There was a lot of buildup to the finale without much time spent on the conclusion. I did enjoy the dialogue between bad guys; its casual/pop culture-related theme added some depth that was easy to relate to. Example – the henchmen telling the villain that his nicknames for them are insensitive. My favorite part was the opening with Mark Hamill… I won’t say anything past that because it’s worth reading.

I went into the book with an expectation set by the film. Overall, the book came first but finished last. My rating of KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons is 6 out of 10.

6 out of 10

Give it a read if you happen across it or don’t have many other things in your to-read pile. Otherwise, skip it in favor of the movie.

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  1. […] movie release list” even though I missed it in theaters. Right after watching I wrote a review/comparison between the movie and it’s Mark Millar’s graphic novel source material. Spoiler alert – […]


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