“Oxfords Not Brogues… Words To Live By”

By February 25, 2015Uncategorized

Suffice to say, we at Berto in Brogues absolutely love FOX’s latest release- Kingsman: The Secret Service. Originally penned as a graphic novel series called “The Secret Service” by the infamous Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the film directed by Matthew Vaughn of X-Men: First Class fame, follows the adventure of Egsi, a young scallawag unwittingly recruited by Harry Hart aka Galahad into the modern day Knights of the Round table called The Kingsman.

Apart from the all the pop-corn worthy action and espionage cliches (which are all delightfully needed), Kingsman is underlined with the essences of being a Gentleman. In the words of Harry Hart,

“Being a Gentleman has nothing to do with the suit you wear, but being comfortable in your own skin.”

An added bonus are the golden nuggets of haberdashery and over all sophistication that only comes with the quick and sharp humour of British actors.

This scene where Galahad explains to Egsi the difference between Oxfords and Brogues is cheeky and downright entertaining.

But more than the swag, the style and the James Bond homages, the heart of the film lies in the Father-Son, Mentor-Student charm brought to life by Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. A favorite moment (among many) is when Galahad quotes Ernest Hemingway:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self”


Author JPV

JPV is a professional TV commercial director, an independent filmmaker, an entrepreneur and a jerky maker. As sophisticated as he thinks he is, his wife thinks otherwise. He has a hard time fitting into RTW pants, and prefers to drink a peaty Islay scotch or a Bombay Tonic.

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