Kingsman: The Golden Circle - An Action Packed Extravaganza
Director and co-writer (with Jane Goldman) Matthew Vaughn’s original Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) was a very entertaining spoof on the James Bond films and featured some of the best action sequences in recent years. The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is very much the continuation of the original in tone, in action, and in humor, and broadens the scope. It is not as good as the original, but if you were a fan of the first, then, I’m sure you’ll still enjoy this follow-up which features more exciting action and a lot of laughs. It also has a great supporting cast.
Kingsman:The Golden Circle picks up where the first film left off. Eggsy (played by Taron Egerton) is now a more seasoned veteran agent. In a middle of a date with his girlfriend, Princess Tilde (played by Hanna Alstrom), the Kingsmen’s headquarters is destroyed and the world is suddenly under attack by a crazy drug leader (played by Julianne Moore). Eggsy and Merlin (played by Mark Strong) are forced to flee which leads them to discover an ally organization in the United States, known as The Statesmen. These two teams join forces in order to stop this new threat, and Harry (played by Colin Firth) is revived.
In terms of action, The Golden Circle has a lot going for it. Just like the first film, the action is very stylized, “comic-booky”, and well-directed. The sequences that stood out for me this time were a battle scene in the snow and a repeat of the bar fight from the first film (including the original quote “manners maketh man”), but this time with the awesome addition of a lasso-carrying, Statesmen operative, named Whiskey, played by Pedro Pascal, who I thought was a dead ringer for Burt Reynolds.
The cast for the film is packed. Returning Secret Service agent Eggsy's character is more developed, and Mark Strong’s Merlin finally gets involved directly with the action in the field. The explanation for how and why Colin Firth, as Harry, is back is less contrived than I thought it would be. Julianne Moore, as the psychopathic Poppy, plays this menacing character like an absolute loon with a high pitched voice. With the American Statesmen, we have Channing Tatum as Tequila (this is his second film this year as a Southern character), Jeff Bridges as Champ, the head of their group, Pedro Pascal as the lasso-carrying Whiskey, and Halle Berry as Ginger, who has a small arc in which she considers becoming a field agent, instead of just reporting things like her British counterpart, Merlin. Last, but not least, Sir Elton John has a significant and amusing role in the film as himself being kidnapped by Poppy.
While the action is certainly beefier than the first film, the story is more complex, and occasionally suffers from being overly long. Actors, like Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum, in my opinion, are wasted, as they don’t get to do much. Still, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a solid, entertaining, action film with some incredible moments and fresh new ideas. If you enjoyed the first Kingsman, like I did, then I very much recommend this film.
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