The Secret Service’ Review

February 12, 2015 8:05 PM

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The Secret Service’ Review

“The world is changing—that’s why aristocrats developed weak chins,” Colin Firth’s Harry Hart declares in “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” You may wonder how the one follows the other, but this absurdist mashup of spy-movie genres—especially those with gentleman spies—points up the frenzied pace of change with a frenzy of its own, then runs low on comic resources in the process.

Harry is ostensibly a tailor on London’s Savile Row, impeccably dressed and effortlessly elegant; in other words, a role that’s a perfect fit for Mr. Firth. But Harry is, in fact, Galahad, the head of a supersecret international intelligence agency; in different words, an action hero played by a 54-...

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