Sunday, February 15, 2015

This Isn't That Kind Of Movie: Kingsman the Secret Service: Manners Maketh Man

Three features of the film directly identify the political side it chooses to expose, including the controversial ending with the bare butt of the Swedish princess being exposed: first, "Free cell phones, free internet, forever," should spell s-o-c-i-a-l-i-s-m to you, especially--this is number two--when the film's villain, Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) takes his diabolical plan to the White House and they agree to be a part of it; thirdly, when Valentine says, "Humanity is a virus and I am the cure," that should alert you to the foundations of the New World Order; "conspiracy theory" or not, The Kingsmen: the Secret Service is at least the second major film to directly allude to mass deaths inflicted upon civilization by a secret organization (Captain America: the Winter Soldier was the first). So, how does The Kingsmen accomplish its goals? Before we can answer that, we need to address the most obvious question the film poses.
The Kingsman organization calls themselves "knights," (a designation we also saw in Transformers IV: Age Of Extinction and the upcoming film with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, Last Knights) and model themselves directly upon King Arthur's Camelot; why? The organization, Harry relays to Eggsy, was founded in 1919 when the men of Britain realized all their heirs had died in the Great War; wanting to do something good for humanity, they pooled their vast fortunes together and created The Kingsman to serve and protect humanity. Arthur and Camelot, then, are not only the models of protectors the agents model themselves upon, but also as individuals using all they have towards the greater good, and that is nowhere more evident than in Harry, aka, Galahad.
A great question to ask yourself after watching any film is, "What other films does this film remind me of?" You might have caught the reference to The Breakfast Club, when Dean says, "Two hits. Me hitting you, and you hitting the floor," or the reference to Get Smart when Harry mentions that the heels of their shoes used to have telephones.  We also can't mistake the intentional references to, basically, every single spy film we have ever seen, including the newest James Bond film Spectre, out in November, and Guy Ritchie's Man From U.N.C.L.E., which is coming out later this summer. As we know, a film that draws attention to itself being a film, especially a certain type of film, as The Kingsman draws attention to itself as a spy film, wants you to know that it knows it is a film and you, the viewer, have seen lots of spy films. That means, first and foremost, that spy films are valued by society: if society didn't value spy films, we wouldn't keep going to see them, and if we stopped going to see them, Hollywood would stop making them; but that's not the case. So, why do we value spy films? At some level, we validate the hero's struggle against the villain. Even, as Harry tells Valentine, when they are "far-fetched theatrical plots," they still entertain because, in one way or another, they reflect the real world that we live in; we see the villains and we hope for the heroes. "Self-awareness" in films signals the viewer that the film makers know we are watching, and we have choose to watch their film for a particular reason; when they let us know they they know who we the viewers are, and that we are watching, they want to let us know that they are going to make it worth our while, but also, that there is something they want to tell us, and they are going to use a variety of "devices" to do so, just like all the "devices" for killing that Harry introduces to Eggsy. 
For each individual Kingsman, their code name is a personal standard of morality and responsibility to which he/she must live up to: Harry as Galahad, then, is meant to live up to the virtues of purity: we see this when Harry goes to Mrs. Unwin and tells her about her husband's death, and how he wants to do something "concrete" to help her out. Harry isn't trying to assuage himself of guilt, because Eggsy's father did exactly what they were trained to do (you might argue he feels guilty about not having caught that the man they were interrogating was a human bomb, but we will discuss that below). But, as we always say, a character doesn't die in a film unless that character is all ready dead in some sense, so, how is Harry "dead?"
This is an excellent use of symbols that becomes inverted. Valentine uses his hand to unlock the noise that will make everyone start killing themselves, whereas Harry uses his hand on the mirror to unlock the tests that will help Eggsy become the man he is meant to be. What Harry chooses to do with his identity makes him a gentleman, a real man; what Valentine chooses to do with his identity makes him a megalomaniac, a real villain. Harry is proud to look himself in the mirror and ask himself what he sees, the way he challenges Eggsy to look at himself and really see what he is. When Valentine looks into the mirror--specifically, the deed of killing Harry in cold blood outside the church--Valentine can't face it because he sees himself as a genius, not a murderer, as a gentleman, not a villain, but that image has a thin facade and easily scratches off. 
When Harry and Eggsy go to the Black Prince pub, and Rottweiler (Morgan Watkins) approaches and wants to beat up Eggsy for stealing his car, Harry tries to diffuse the situation but then gets up and walks towards the door. It's uncertain whether Harry decided to go ahead and leave Eggsy to Rottweiler and his gang, and just the parting insult from one of the thugs caused Harry to come back and engage them in a fight, or if Harry intended to engage them all along, but there is one action that speaks volumes in this clip, see if you can find it:
At 1:05 in the clip above, Harry asks, "Do you know what that means?" and then looks into the Guinness plaque on the wall and sees his reflection. It's likely you will say that Harry only looks at the plaque because he wants to see where his assailants are located so he knows how best to defend himself, however, I would like to suggest that Harry is actually "reflecting" on what it is he is about to do, engaging in unnecessary violence, and we can say it is unnecessary because Kingsmen operate at the "highest level of discretion" and getting into a bar brawl isn't very discreet (he has to put a tranquilizer in the barman's neck as he dials for the police).  When Harry returns to Eggsy at the end of the fight, he tells Eggsy, "Sorry about that. Needed to let off a little steam." So it's not, I was afraid they were going to kill you, or I wanted to help you out, or even, I wanted to show you how cool it is to go downt he path I have taken so you will choose it too. Harry leads us to believe he beat up the boys because he could which leads us to the next scene, at the church.
This is the scene when Eggsy steals Rottweiler's car keys, but Eggsy has provoked a fight with Rottweiler, but Eggsy allows his two friends to talk him out of getting into a fight with the bully. This is a sign, as well as not getting into fights with his mother's boyfriend Dean, that Eggsy has a pure heart, even when he's stealing car keys. Because Eggsy steals something in this scene, and the scene where Arthur tries to turn Eggsy to "the dark side" with him, we can compare the two (the film makers WANT us to compare these two scenes). Eggsy knows something has to be done to protect himself in both scenes, but he doesn't inflict violence, the way, for example, Harry inflicts violence, but instead finds an alternative route; that ability is what reveals, through action, that Eggsy (the "egg" part symbolizing new birth and transformation) has a pure heart and can become Galahad. Likewise, it reveals how Arthur, who is being compared to Rottweiler, is a bully, and subscribes to Valentine's horrible "reason" because, as Harry accused Arthur, he's an aristocrat with a "weak chin."
Because we have all ready seen Harry get violent with the gang of boys in the pub, we aren't all that shocked when Harry participates in the horrific violence at the Church which Valentine unleashes. When Harry is ready to get up and leave, a blonde woman stops him and asks him why and he tells her a long explanation of his identity that is supposed to make her realize that Harry is everything she hates (it's quite possible that everything Harry rattles off in his description is true, that he is gay and has a Jewish boyfriend, etc.). Even though Harry doesn't have an implant device, he is still effected by Valentine's signal, and enjoyed killing all those people; Valentine then kills Harry. Harry tells Eggsy that he shot Mr. Pickle, the dog he had to adopt through training, but then nursed Mr. Pickle back to health and cared for him eleven years before the dog died. This disparity between Eggsy not wanting to kill J.B. and Harry's ease of killing all the people in the church (and shooting Mr. Pickle, even though he cared enough for the dog to nurse him), and even just beating the sense out of those boys in the pub, reveals a not-so-pure Galahad.
In the church, Harry--waiting for Valentine to act--hears a sermon from an FBI identified group of Christians that has been labeled a "hate group," but which most Christians would probably identify. What's the purpose of this? To antagonize Christians? To make everyone think that Christians are, in fact, a hate group? Remember, Harry joins in the fight, so even though he identifies himself as a Roman Catholic--which plenty of Protestants are against, as my own family testifies--Harry is, literally, one with them even without the implant. The preacher in this scene identifies the anti-Christ as a living person, but remember, when Valentine is ready to launch "V-Day," he compares the people he has chosen to save as the survivors of Noah's Ark, which is a not-so-veiled reference to the Darren Aronofsky film Noah that is a exact call for the New World Order, and the mass murder of billions of people (like also what we see in World War Z). In other words, Harry may seem to be "enjoying" killing these people, but he believes the same thing they do, and separating the group as a "hate group" is something the American government (remember, the FBI labeled them a "hate group") has done in order to marginalize them and make them seem extreme so that others in society won't listen to them. Why are they the first to be tested with Valentine's chaos? Because the NWO supporters want to get rid of Christians asap, as Christians pose the greatest threat to the world-wide socialist regime. Now, let's bring in the very first scene, when Harry interrogates the Middle Easterner who has a bomb on him (probably a reference to The Hurt Locker); why did Harry NOT catch that the man had a bomb? Because Harry also has a bomb in him, and it goes off in the church scene. Some of the greatest screenwriters will have a "foreshadowing" device included in the scene when a character is first introduced (it was wildly popular in the late 1960s) and we can say that about Harry. Harry in that church is like a bomb going off because he kills so many people; at this point in the film, Harry promises to go back to Eggsy and sort things out (because Eggsy didn't kill the dog) because Harry has become a father-figure to Eggsy, and just as Eggsy's real-dad died in the opening bomb-scene, so, too, does Eggsy's surrogate father, Harry, die in the church scene (had Harry NOT stayed, Valentine probably wouldn't have had a chance to kill him). 
Eggsy in-training-to-become Galahad (even though none of them realize it yet) is also meant to live up to the virtue of purity, which brings us to the question, "Why does Eggsy not kill J.B. (the pug) when Arthur tells him to?" J.B., named for (not James Bond, nor Jason Bourne) Jack Bauer of 24 (another strong indication of The Kingsman's conservative leanings) hasn't done anything wrong, he hasn't committed a crime or hurt anyone, so how can Eggsy kill him? Arthur, we discover, can kill J.B., and three-quarters of the human population, because he looks at everyone as being an animal and beneath him, whereas Eggsy, in the purity of his heart, looks at the justice or injustice of a situation. We saw this, in a sense, in Skyfall, when Bond--being tested to see if he is or is not fit to return to the field--can't hit a target: Bond doesn't have his skills, in a metaphysical sense, to boast or brag about himself, but to do the job that has to be done.
There is another James Bond element to The Kingsman: the bulldog. In Skyfall, M (Judi Dench) has a plaster bulldog wrapped in the Union Jack which survives the bombing of MI6 and which she passes onto Bond at the end of the film. When Eggsy chose J.B., Eggsy thought he was getting a bulldog, not a pug. Why? In choosing an English bulldog, it might make Eggsy look like he only cares about protecting British interests; the pug has Chinese origins, so in choosing it (and not being able to kill it) we know that Eggsy will protect everyone, not just his own country. Why does Arthur give Eggsy such a hard time about not shooting J.B.? Because Arthur, like Valentine, doesn't see people as people, but as viruses, and  basically animals. Arthur is able to "see the sense" in killing off the world's population, because life is cheap and has no meaning to him, like Valentine; to Eggsy, life has value, even the life of a little puppy. What about Roxy shooting her poodle, does that mean she's not a good person? Roxy goes onto replace Lancelot, the brave, so Roxy has to exhibit above all others, the marks of bravery, which she does in overcoming her fear of heights to shoot down the satellite. No one is perfect, even the Knights of the Round Table, but each agent is called to be perfect in at least one area. 
The film opens with the year 1997, a year that has been featured in other films (for example, The Queen, about the death of Princess Diana, the events of Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters invoke this year {women killing children were prevalent in 1997} and Gravity, the year Matt [George Clooney] lost his wife to a philandering lawyer, i.e., Bill Clinton; please see 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.
Why was Mark Hamill cast as Professor Arnold in this film? It may be that this has more to do with Star Wars VII the Force Awakens than what we can, at this point, properly speculate upon, however, this is too good of a case of Reader Response theory to pass up. When the public film viewing audience sees Mark Hamill, we instinctively think of Luke Skywalker, we can't help it, it's the role that will always be associated with him. Film makers know this, so they intentionally cast actors who will make the audience think of other films/characters so the film makers can expand their film's visual vocabulary. For example, there is a lot of fighting in the scene that takes place above--all the sheets on the floor are covering up dead bodies--and the whole time, Professor Arnold has just been sitting in that chair, watching and horrified; that's not what we expect from Luke Skywalker, who would have been the Jedi knight (again, The Kingsman call themselves "knights" just like the Jedi) and defending the poor, innocent and helpless from the likes of Valentine who takes on the role of the Emperor. That is exactly the purpose of casting Hamill in the film, so we see Luke "joining" the Dark Side of this NWO via Valentine and realize how terrible Valentine's scheme is. "Luke Skywalker has joined the evil Emperor!" That is a far greater shock to an audience member than just another "professor" agreeing to the mass destruction of humanity.
First, the MTV pop culture created a type of consumer, the type who would want to read headlines like, "Brad Pitt Ate My Sandwich," featured in Harry's office he displays to Eggsy: consumed with celebrity news and not much else. Secondly, whether you like it or not, the song depicts a 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).
It takes a rather bold stance, calling global warming a "red herring," but that doesn't change the facade for villains like Valentine and the Swedish politician who are only concerned with saving their own skin, or the members of the White House who sell out the rest of the country. Valentine and his group of corrupt elitists believe all of us commoners have to be killed off in order to save the world and they are happy to do it. There is a definite conflict established between the ruling class--including those who don't really rule, like The Queen of England, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, etc., who are implicated in agreeing to a New World Order--and those who, like the Swedish politician, see it as their "heavy burden" to agree with the "reasonableness" of Valentine's theory and kill off humanity. But not everyone agrees,....
Gazelle is not only Valentine's primary henchman, but the brains of his operation as well. This female "blade runner" plays an important, symbolic role in the film. Legs, as we know, symbolize our "standing" in society, so what kind of standing does Gazelle have? As a woman, she would be considered a minority, but we have to ask, is that valid? Women make up half the population--I know feminists would say that Gazelle is a minority in the professional field, but I think this is that self-victimization-mentality that prompts people to telling others they have made the choices they have made because they are a victim of white men, and I think The Kingsman: the Secret Service agrees with this position--so her "standing" on artificial legs symbols a "false standing" in society. In the scene depicted above, Gazelle--named after an animal because Valentine and her both believe that people are, literally, nothing but animals, which is why they are so easy to kill--battles against Eggsy, who has had challenges growing up but has finally made a decision that is going to do him, and the world, good; Gazelle, like other feminists, believe that only the wiping out of society and the re-distribution of wealth will end her victimization; how can I say that? Please look at the image above: she's jumping through a glass window (meditation and reflection) firing a gun at a white male who has done nothing to her but is trying to stop the world from being annihilated. The brutal battle the two of them have finally end when,...? When Eggsy uses the poison blade hidden in his shoe--symbolizing his will--to kill Gazelle, then uses Gazelle's false leg to break through the glass (again, reflection and meditation) to stab Valentine in the back with it. What does that mean? Those whom people like Valentine have given a false "standing" to (minorities as victims) are going to be destroyed by that, just as the rich and beautiful are destroyed by the implants they think are going to save them but destroy them instead. Gazelle's false leg also becomes a phallic symbol, getting Valentine "in the back" the way Eggsy is invited to take Princess Tilda "in the back" at the end. When Valentine sees his blood on his hand, and projectile vomits, we could say that is a graphic reproduction of the sex act: the blood symbolizing the breaking of the hymen, and the vomit replicating the semen. Why do this? Because it's what politicians and world leaders are trying to do to the masses, ("f**k us over") and any of them who may see this film should be warned of what is going to happen should they attempt to carry out a scheme like this.
For example, rapper/hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea is reported as missing, as well as the Swedish princess, Tilda. Why would Iggy be singled out as "missing," and, therefore, not participating in Valentine's evil plot? Ms. Azalea worked her way up and has earned every success she has had (and she sings The Kingsman theme song Heavy Crown). Remember, the main key to Valentine being able to implement his evil scheme is, "Free internet, free phones, forever!" That's a lot like the free cell phones and food stamps the Obama Administration has given away, but it's also a lot like the Nordic welfare state model of which Sweden is one of the participants, which leads us to the controversial ending,...
Just as the film uses "Oxfords, not Brogues," as a code word, meaning, "I'm in trouble and because my dad died to serve the Kingsman, you owe me and have to get me out," so the newspaper headlines Harry has collected in his office also act as a code he knows well. When he details to Eggsy what really happened on the days those headlines ran, the headlines serve as a form of erasure, erasing out the real, dirty world politics that are taking place, and putting trivial and meaningless "news" in its place. Why is this important? The whole films acts on this level. Dean, Mrs. Unwin's boyfriend, is every bit a Valentine and living off Mrs. Unwin and her is ready to drag others down to his level, rather than raise someone up. The headlines in Harry's office, then, are one of many devices the film utilizes in order to alert the audience to the "real headlines" and news taking place beneath the surface of the film.
As we know, Princess Tilda promises Eggsy "more than a kiss" and says, "We can do it in the asshole," if he saves the world and gets her out; why does she do this? Because that is the "welfare mentality."  To be fair, because I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this, and that's fine for both of us, 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).
It's not "Manners maketh the man," rather, "Manners maketh man." This is utterly important; why? First, if you are not a man, you are an animal, and that's what socialists what people to become: animals, like Gazelle and Rottweiler, and why the Kingsman organization models itself on Camelot, the highest possible virtue, sacrifice and service possible, that is, the very best people can become. Manners, then, are a way of insuring that we don't slip into that "animal" category. Secondly, Harry  is a white male, and who is it that has been so heavily targeted as of late in films and politics? White men. The so-called "Progressive Party" in America is more aptly described as the "Digressive Party" because they seek an end to the free market and all technological advances; literally, want to see everyone living in a village, with no communication with anyone outside that village, and each village controlled by a local party member (why, yes, it was called feudalism in the Middle Ages, and that's exactly what they want to bring back). The Kingsman; the Secret Service, then, is--like nearly all spy films-- an unabashed celebration of "the white male," the greatest enemy of Western liberalism. 
It's likely that you have never heard of the great 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.
Will we?
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 weaponIt'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. 
On the very last note, The Kingsman consciously mimics and employs traditional motifs from spy thrillers, whether James Bond or other recognized heroes, the film absorbs their traits and wants you to know it (again, this is a film that is about patterns in spy films, not originality). Why? When Valentine is about to shoot Harry, Valentine says, is this the part where I tell you all my plans to destroy the world and set-up some convuluted way for you to die, so you can figure out a convuluted way to escape and stop me? Harry replies, "It works for me." Valentine replies, "Well, this isn't that kind of movie." This is repeated after Eggsy has killed Valentine and Valentine expects some parting jab, like, "Last rat standing," and Eggsy replies, "This isn't that kind of movie." Well, is it that kind of movie?
Yes, it is.
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.
When we see Harry talking to Mrs. Unwin about the death of her husband, little Eggsy plays with a snow globe, the mountain scene turning into the real scenery of part of the film. We have seen snow globes in both House At the End Of the Street and Red Dawn, standing in as a metaphor of the safe bubble the US has been able to live in for two hundred years; but just as the shields of Asgard in Thor the Dark World and Oz the Great and Powerful have been destroyed by enemies, so, too has America's "bubble" been burst by her enemies, and Millennials have to decide whether they will defend their country or sell out for free internet and phones.
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