Matthew Vaughn returns to direct Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2014’s surprise hit, Kingsman: The Secret Service. The sequel boasts an impressive casts that includes Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry and Julianne Moore in addition to original cast members Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. The Golden Circle expands on the world created in the original film and adds a few new quirks to the spy genre in the process.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle picks up about a year after the events of the first film. Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, is now in a romantic relationship and finds himself trying to balance his life as a spy with his personal life. However, when the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed they must travel to the U.S. and search for their American counterparts, the Statesman. The two agencies must band together to defeat the villainous Poppy.
Having Eggsy be in a romantic relationship is actually one of the things I liked most about this film. It grounded the character and forced him to do things differently than most spies in other films would do. If you didn’t like the over-top-action from the first movie, then the sequel really isn’t for you. Matthew Vaughn tried very hard to make the action scenes in The Golden Circle even crazier than those in The Secret Service. While the action is great, it becomes repetitive and can wear on you towards the end.
The Statesmen themselves were a great addition to the story and provided a nice contrast to the Kingsmen. However, I was really hoping to get more of the Statesmen. Agent Tequila, played by Channing Tatum, is onscreen for maybe five minutes. It wouldn’t bother me so much if Channing Tatum weren’t plastered all over the film’s posters and trailers. Pedro Pascal is the only Statesman that has a strong presence in the film and he is nowhere to be seen in the marketing material. This leads to another problem I had with this film. For a movie with a runtime of 141 minutes, there is no excuse to not develop your characters. The film drags on various points due to the excessive action scenes and a lot of that time could have been better spent in fleshing out the characters.
One of my favorite things about the first Kingsman film was Samuel L. Jackson’s performance as the villain Valentine. He was quirky and odd but his presence was felt throughout the whole film. This wasn’t the case with Julianne Moore’s Poppy. She ended up being way too ridiculous and didn’t really seem to fit into the film. In the case of Valentine, he was menacing despite being an odd character. Poppy was just too comical to ever be taken seriously as a villain.
The rest of the cast I really enjoyed seeing. Taron Egerton as Eggsy is absolutely incredible. I also really liked the way they handled Colin Firth’s return as Harry and seeing how his return affects the rest of the group. The Statesmen are very good with the limited screen time they are given and it will be interesting to see how they incorporate them if they move forward with a third film. There is a running gag involving Elton John throughout the film. While it was funny the first time, they kept coming back to it over and over again to the point where it just became annoying. Somehow, Elton John ends up being onscreen longer than Channing Tatum, which is just an odd choice.
Despite its flaws, this is still a movie audiences can have fun with. The visuals and colors displayed in this film are just as good as those found in the first film. The actors, for the most part, do as well as they possibly could with what they were given and Taron Egerton solidifies himself as a superstar. The Golden Circle turns out to be nothing more than a setup for the impending third installment in the franchise, but it is still worth seeing on the big screen.
|Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Release Date:||September 22nd, 2017|