A witty, entertaining spy romp that also manages to sneak in a serious message
This adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ 2012 comic book series The Secret Service takes on the spy genre with its tongue lodged in its cheek. Colin Firth plays upmarket intelligence agent Harry Hart, who grooms an unlikely new recruit from the wrong side of the tracks (rising star Taron Egerton) while battling a billionaire megalomaniac (a lisping Samuel L Jackson) who’s planning global genocide. X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn packs in dazzling, inventive action sequences – in which Firth shows off his fighting skills – and dirty jokes, but also sneaks in a serious message about the folly of judging people based on their background. Topping off this witty, entertaining film is a gasp-inducing finale.