Movie of the Week – Kingsman: The Secret Service

I first watched this movie in February, while in the UK, and then again a week ago in Portugal, and I can only say that it is one of my favorite movies… possibly ever!

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Adapted from the comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, director Matthew Vaughn takes a new take on the spy genre and man, it’s glorious. The movie in fun, fast paced and did I mention funny?! The action sequences are extremely well done and even those are done with a fun magic touch (fireworks anyone?!).

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The cast is amazing, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport and Michael Caine are some of the best actors that Britain has to offer, adding Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton to that lot is an added bonus. Colin Firth as Galahad really took me by surprise, he’s absolutely amazing, I mean, Colin Firth is amazing in every single thing he does, but he had never took on a role such as this, and he did it amazingly well… the church scene is my favorite one.

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Egerton’s Eggsy is amazing as well, a fair companion to Firth’s Galahad, and man, does he look good on a suit…

If you haven’t seen it, you should… like, now! 🙂

Merlin, Arthur & co.

I finally started watching BBC’s Merlin… yeah, I know I’m a bit late for the party, considering that the show is already over and everything (and that I know how it ends 😦 )…

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It’s a great fantasy show, and even though the fights are clearly staged, you won’t see any blood and there is a lot of noticeable CGI’s effects, the characters, the drama, the story and the actors are more than enough to keep you entertained. Not to mention that kind of sarcastic and wonderful humor that you only get from british shows!

The Bromance

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Most of the show is arguably the relationship between Prince (and later King) Arthur and his servant Merlin. Arthur treats Merlin like crap sometimes, but Merlin is no better, and each time he gets the chance, he makes sure to put Arthur in his place! All and all, they truly like each other, and while Merlin protects Arthur because it’s his “destiny”, Arthur truly couldn’t live without Merlin. 🙂

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Colin Morgan and Bradley James have an amazing chemistry, better even in the most absurd of scenes.

The Romance

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There is no King Arthur without his Guinevere, right? Well, in Merlin, Gwen is a servant! Still, they manage to find their way towards one another. One might argue that during the first season there was little interaction, and that the romance between them came out of the blue. I think not. Gwen was always one of the few people who always told him the truth, and never treated him specially, this combined with her strenght and kick ass personality, made Arthur fall heads over heels in love with her. Because of this, Arthur does not pretend in front of her, and she loves the man, not the Prince… lovely! And really, it took them long enough, right? I’m in the beginning of season 4, and at least 3 years have already pass with a lot of courtship and not enough kisses. It kills me when he calls her “Guinevere”!!!!

The Villain

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In one name: Morgana! But she was so sweet and good in the beginning, that it just breaks my heart when she turned bad… Katie McGrath did this transition perfectly, in one moment she look so sweet and caring, and in the other she looked murderous! Kudos!

The Magic

It is a show about a warlock, so you have a lot of Magic! Along with a lot of magical creatures and being, including Dragons (John Hurt, anyone?!).

The Knights

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My favourite part of transitioning to the 4th season of the show so far has been the presence of Arthur’s Knights! Sir Leon (Rupert Young), Sir Gwaine (Eoin Macken), Sir Percival (Tom Hopper), Sir Elyan (Adetomiwa Edun) and off course Lancelot (Santiago Cabrera), made the show even better. Although I have to admit that I would take Gwaine to Lancelot, anyday!