Gravity: Buddha & Da Vinci for more) and Dire Straits hit song Money For Nothing (I Want My MTV) is playing; why? The song was a hit in 1985, so in 1997 (when it's playing in the film) it's an "oldie." Of all the songs they could have picked, they choose Money For Nothing for at least two reasons.
working class guy in a hardware store wishing he was a millionaire rock star. Eggsy definitely comes from the rough side of the tracks, and takes cracks at Harry, accusing him of having a silver spoon shoved up his arse; class plays a role in the film also because it's the aristocracy, celebrities, politicians and world leaders who are going to be saved in "Noah's Ark," (a reference to Darrn Aronofsky's film) and the poor and middle-class who will be given over to a moral-less civil war of self-purgation (as in the film The Purge and even World War Z). So, what is the conflict of the film?
|Richmond Valentine, a cross between Al Sharpton and Mark Zuckerburg. Why is he named "Valentine?" That's easy. In a little seen film called The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Valentine Morgenstern (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) wanted to purify the bloodline of warriors, and his daughter (Lily Collins) told him, I don't know how much you know about human history, but anytime someone tries killing a lot of people, it ends badly (as a direct reference to the Holocaust and Hitler purifying the German bloodline). The two "Valentines" are directly related, as both want to decide who will be killed and who will live so that they can control the population and shape it in their own image. Being released on Valentine's Day weekend, we can say that The Kingsman is making a statement about, not just romantic love, but brotherly love for all humanity and wanting to do some good. This leads us to an important point about Valentine's character: why does he get sick at the sight of blood? We see Valentine kill one person in the film, Harry (Firth) and it makes him sick and upset. Seeing blood is seeing his murderous deeds for what they really are, instead of hiding his treachery and criminality behind "theories" and "ideas," the spilled blood is a statement about his guilt being as deep as Cain's who was the first murderer. What about how Valentine dresses? He wears expensive clothes, but dresses like he's still "from the hood" which is a calculated image-enhancer. What's most revealing are his ball caps that he wears side-ways. First, they are baseball hats, meaning, they are hats that baseball players wear. Why is this important? It means that Valentine looks at his "plan" to kill humanity as a game he must win, and people like Harry are just more obstacles, in other words, Valentine has no conscious, because he just wants to win. Secondly, the way Valentine wears his hat demonstrates that his thinking is "skewed." Hats symbolize our thoughts, because our thoughts originate in our mind, so hats and hair become tangible manifestations of what a character is thinking or how they are thinking. Seeing Valentine wear his hat slightly cocked to the side, demonstrates that his thoughts aren't "straight," his ideas are taking a left turn. Contrariwise, Eggsy, like Valentine, also wears a ball cap, linking the two, and this is imperative: Eggsy would have ended up like his mother, with the implant, had Harry not stepped in; like Valentine, Eggsy has some of the same ideas, or at least has the potential to develop the same ideas about humanity as Valentine. What happens is, Eggsy exchanges his Valentine ball cap for Harry glasses, and disciplines his thoughts (he wears his hair slicked back, showing discipline and self-respect) and chooses to see the world as a Kingsman sees the world (the glasses they wear).|
the director said he had that ending because he felt it was an appropriate Bond sex joke (and the article is interesting in that it reveals--at least in this film--how other films were influencing his decisions). Because Valentine represents the socialist state and a NWO, exactly what World War II was fighting against, which is the real reason why Valentine calls his "launching" "V-Day," as a insult and re-writing of history about the Allied Victory (Victory Day) in Europe, anyone falling for the socialist "gimmicks" will get "screwed up the ass" if they trade in their freedom for the false freedom of socialism. All Eggsy wants is a kiss, and that's all he asks for; Tilda offers to make herself his degraded sex object because he has "freed her," because being from a semi-socialist state, she believes she has to enslave herself in some way for what she is getting. Which means that, after being in a socialist state for so long, no one there really wants to be free, they want to remain in that state of "slavery," (to one degree or another).
Busby Berkeley, one of THE GREATEST CHOREOGRAPHERS of all Hollywood history, but if you noticed the highly stylized "heads exploding" death scene at the end of the film, when Merlin activates all the implants of those who are supposed to be saved, then you have an idea of what Berkeley's work looks like because it was directly copied to make the exploding heads their own "talking point." Just as Valentine was "erasing" massive genocide on a global scale by "hiding" it in his "reasonableness" and "climate change" wording, the death of all these politicians, artists, leaders, aristocrats and American presidential cabinet members becomes "erased" in the kaleidoscope of death and exploding heads; why? We are being tempted to look at their deaths the same way they wanted to look at our deaths: dehumanizing.
I hope not.
Then, we become like them and nothing has been solved.
|We know that many of the items in this wardrobe--if not all of them--double as weapons, and that's because the suit and accessory itself is the weapon. It's not just that a knife blade comes out of the toe of the well-crafted shoe, but that the well-crafted shoe must be polished and cared for, and that, in turn, is a sign you care about yourself: that "caring for yourself" is a weapon for the young, white men in today's world who need strong male examples of what it means to respect yourself and why you are worth fighting for. As touched upon previously, The bespoke suit makes a man "blend in" with every other man, the business suit almost becoming a mask, and yet, no other man can wear another man's custom tailored suit, so it's highly individual, and remembering that one is an individual is itself a weapon. For more conversation on the topic of the suit and political role of costumes in the film, please see The Kingsman & a Great Suit for more.|
The "old Bond movies," were ALL ABOUT Bond fighting socialism/communism and the spread of a one-government world, which is exactly what The Kingsman is about. (Why, just before the scene above takes place, does Valentine serve his "billionaire" guest (Harry's undercover) McDonald's? You may recall that the very pro-socialist president Franklin D. Roosevelt served the King of England hot dogs when he visited America at the on the dawn of World War II and Valentine serving the "common fare" of McDonald's Big Mac and fries echoes that sentiment). There is, however, a new element that had to be added to this generation of spy movies: the Millennials. Not knowing what socialism/communism actually entails--because they didn't grow up in the Cold War, like some of us--they have to be educated on the world-level scheme that is taking place, and their brainwashing from their teachers at school must be overcome. Please note, when Eggsy relays to Harry and Merlin what Valentine is doing by giving away free phones and internet forever, he says that Valentine is "a genius." Isn't that what most Millennials are being led to believe about Obama?
|Just before this scene, they were at the taylor's shop on Savile Row and had started going down; Eggsy asked, "How far does this go?" and Harry replies, "Far enough." That tunnel or mine shaft the room starts descending into is a symbol for the inner-transformation Eggsy will go through. Mines or wells symbolize the deep interior life of self-reflection by acting as a metaphor for "going deep into one's self" and exploring one's real identity. To Eggsy's credit, when Harry lists off films that Harry thinks Eggsy would be familiar with, such as Trading Places and Pretty Woman, Eggsy hadn't seen those films, but was familiar with the great classic, My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. In the film, Eliza Doolittle goes to Professor Higgins and he uses his skills to help her raise herself up from being a lowly peddler of flowers to "the flower" of high society. Why would Eggsy mention this film in The Kingsman? For at least two reasons. First, Eliza learning to speak is Eliza learning to "love" herself and find her own self worth, not the worth society puts on her, but the worth she has inherently as a person and which Higgins validates in his relationship with her (which is why it's so important to her that he loves her and not just considers her an experiment); we can say the same of the relationship between Eggsy and Harry, in Eggsy learning to love himself (because his mom obviously went downhill after her husband's death and didn't have much time for Eggsy). Secondly, Eggsy comparing himself to Eliza Doolittle creates a bridge between the Millennial generation he symbolizes and the generation "coming of age" in 1964 when My Fair Lady was released. One of the "background events" in My Fair Lady is the Women's Right To Vote movement that we see briefly (and, consequently, was featured more prominently in another film that came out the same year, Mary Poppins). It's not just Eggsy finding his rightful place in society, where he becomes a productive member who can take care of himself and his family (as he tells his mom that he gets a house and wants her to come and live with him) but also the Millennial generation as keepers of the country and participating members of the future of the country and culture. When Harry talks to Eggsy about transforming himself to become something better, Eggsy goes back to a tumultuous time in history because he understands that the same world-changing events of 1964 are being mirrored in today's world.|
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