This week, Steampunk Granny got to see two movies, one with hubby and one with the youngest of the nine grandchildren. Kingsman: The Secret Service I was excited to see and the other? Let’s just say that I love my grandchildren. Did I like Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge out of Water? Let’s find out.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
I love spy films and if there is such a thing as reincarnation, which I’m pretty sure there is, I’m going to be a spy in my next life. Kingsman: The Secret Service is an action comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn that is based on a comic book called The Secret Service created by artist Dave Gibbons and writer Mark Millar. The film stars Colin Firth, who I think is one of the sexiest men alive, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine.
Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is a spy who cares about his fellow agents. When a mission goes wrong and his life is saved because of the bravery of a fellow agent, Harry takes it upon himself to personally visit the grieving wife and her young son, Eggsy (Taron Egerton). He gives the boy a medal that was awarded to his dead father with the instructions that Eggsy is to call the number on the back of the medal if he ever needs help.
This kid hasn’t gotten many breaks in life. His mother is married to an abusive man who is quick with his fists on mom, Eggsy and baby sister. Eggsy is not only intelligent, but he’s great at making quick escapes from the neighborhood thugs by using his skill at Parkour. He would have been a great addition to the Royal Marines if he hadn’t dropped out. When he steals a car from one of the thugs, Eggsy makes that one phone call. It’s the number on the back of the medal.
Why are British Spies so sexy? They are and you can’t get any more debonair or sexier than Colin Firth. After Harry bails Eggsy out of jail, they go to the pub to talk. Harry thinks that Eggsy should join the secret service. Their conversation is interrupted when the local thugs enter the pub. I will not spoil this part of the film, but let’s just say that I have a new respect for umbrellas and I will now include one in my bug-out bag.
When a Kingsman spy is killed during a rescue mission, Eggsy is recruited to take his place and he starts a vigorous training under the tutelage of Merlin (Mark Strong). Eggsy and his fellow trainees must pass the final test with the head of the secret service, Arthur (Michael Caine) before they can be a full-fledged spies.
What every good spy plot needs is a villain and Samuel L. Jackson as Richmond Valentine is one of the strangest antiheroes I’ve ever seen. He wants to stop global warming, but his method of accomplishing this can cause the general population to go freaking mad and leave his enemies with a bad headache. He has a personal bodyguard named Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) that puts the WOW! into the use of prosthetics.
Hubby and I loved this film. There is enough action, tongue in cheek British humor and tension as Harry and Eggsy try to stop Valentine’s diabolical take over. I would advise not to take the wee ones because of one embarrassing and unneeded part, otherwise, go see the film. You’ll love it.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge out of Water
What we do for our grandkids, right? I took Nathan to see this movie because his mother said no. It’s a grandparent’s right to spoil. I think it’s written somewhere in the Constitution that we are. This was on Saturday afternoon, Valentine’s Day, just as the snow begun to fall. “This better be good, Nathan,” I threatened, as we made our way through the snow flurries.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge out of Water is a sequel to the 2004 animated film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and is directed by the show writer and executive producer Paul Tibbitt and written by Tibbitt, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. It stars the regular television cast of Tom Kenny as SpongeBob and Gary the Snail, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, Doug Lawrence as Mr. Plankton and Antonio Banderas as Burger-Beard the Pirate. The film is a Nickelodeon movie.
After putting on our 3-D glasses, Nathan took the time to explain who was who before the film started and, ignored my questions on how or why a squirrel would want to live under the sea. In a place under the sea is a town called Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab owned by Mr. Krabs who keeps his secret formula locked in a safe. Mr. Plankton, who owns the floundering Chum Bucket restaurant, wants to steal the formula. The formula is stolen and SpongeBob and Mr. Plankton have to join forces to find the missing formula.
Apparently, the creatures under the sea are addicted to Krabby Patties and without the formula all cooking comes to a halt and the creatures become ravenous. While the apocalypse starts full blast under the sea, a nasty pirate, (Antonio Banderas) finds a mysterious book about Bikini Bottom. The pirate has plans to open his own business. Will SpongeBob and his friends find the formula in time?
SpongeBob and the other characters are done in computer animation, while the part with Banderas is done live action and the end of the show is done with both just like Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I have to admit, that although I don’t watch the television series, I really enjoyed the movie. It was funny, fast moving and full of funny innuendoes that hopefully only the adults understood. SpongeBob SquarePants reminds me of a show that I loved watching years ago on television. It was called “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.”
Go see both films!