Take Me to Church, by David Bax

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  1. Tom says:

    Excellent piece. I wrestled with the film as a whole but this scene in particular. It’s like the reason they invented the term ‘problematic’. I think the most offensive part is the lengths they go to demonise the bigots before the slaughter. I’d like to think they were being impercievably subversive but more likely, as you point out, they’re just very confused.

  2. Alysha says:

    Gonzo is the perfect word to describe this film. The tone throughout, most evident by its approach towards violence but there in other areas too (like its attempts at jokes), was incredibly bizarre and off-putting. The scenes in the church and of the exploding heads both reminded me of the episode you did years ago, Awesome Death Scenes, where you talked about that perverse sense of joy you sometimes get at “good” on-screen deaths. I have a feeling I was supposed to react that was to those scenes, but instead I was revolted.

    While in the theater, I kept comparing it unfavorably in my mind to The Fifth Element, another film that takes what could be a standard genre film and infuses it with over the top and often comedic stylistic choices. But The Fifth Element succeeds where Kingsman fails to ever really come together. There were some pieces of this film that I really liked – the training montages were fun and lead actor, Taron Egerton, definitely has his charm – but they never really coalesce. I went into this not realizing it was a Michael Vaughn film and when I saw his name in the end credits it all clicked together for me. With a more thoughtful director, this might have been a fun action-comedy. Even the two major killing set pieces might have inspired that “awesome death scene” feeling if handled better. But as it is, the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

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