“Kingsmen: The Secret Service” brings high-quality action to the big screen

by MATTHEW BAHK & ERIC GUZMAN

Hearkening back to the days of Sean Connery and Roger Moore, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” returns spy films to the campy, light-hearted tone of early James Bond films but with the clear message that “this is not that kind of movie.”

Ever since the late ’80s, spy films have become more dramatic and somber. From the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, “Skyfall,” to “The November Man,” spy films have become more serious in tone in an attempt to be more realistic and engaging.

In addition, spy films are also more violent, with emphasis on carnage and gore. According to the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the 2008 Bond film “Quantum of Solace” featured more than twice as many violent scenes as early Bond films. Furthermore, the study found characters in recent Bond films to be three times as likely to engage…

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