Kingsman sequel 'Golden Circle' starts strong but finishes flat

Tomas Mccoy
September 23, 2017

As the film kicks off with its bloodless CGI-charged chase antics, it's clear bluster is the order of the day, and while the overly frenetic and quick blitz editing in the fight sequences impress, they're barely a patch away from what was rolled out during the Kingsman: The Secret Service film. She has so much fun playing a villain - a drug dealer no less - the Oscar victor is looking to be having a blast turning human beings into hamburger meat. and worse.

While we wait for The Golden Circle to put Harry back into the fray - this time on American soil - all well-dressed, badly-behaved duties are handled by his rookie running mate Eggsy (Taron Egerton).

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Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Elton John. yes, even flippin' Elton John is in Kingsman 2. Now its hotly anticipated sequel, The Golden Circle, follows firmly in the footsteps of its predecessor, for better and worse, whilst expanding Vaughn's eccentric spy universe.

When the movie does need to get a little more emotional, it plays on the father-son dynamic between Eggsy and his teacher, Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Or more accurately that he gets found by Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) after Poppy wages a major assault on Kingsman. He teams up with such agents as Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), and Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) to thwart Poppy's plans to drug the whole world.

Had they seen the original film and how did they get involved in the sequel?

It's a given that any film or television project with a comic book pedigree is going to require some sort of computer-generated wizardry to deliver the fantastical to the screen. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. "Like some freakish form of actor humiliation, the more celebrated you are, the more embarrassing your role in Kingsman 2 is likely to be". Our very own James Bond from a council flat, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), is now happily settled as a ruffian turned gentleman spy, living with the lovely Swedish princess rescued in the first film. I did the scene, and he was still looking down. "I'm in. No matter what you want me to do I'll be there and give it my best'". If for nothing else, it is worth a watch for the surprise Elton John appearances. The biggest laughs come from the culture clash between the Kingsman and the Statesman and from the same kind of crude humour that was present in the previous film.

Don't go into Kingsman: The Golden Circle expecting a highbrow James Bond-type spy thriller, because that is exactly what it is not.

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