Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Film Review

As you all probably know, I LOVED Kingsman: The Secret Service (read review here); I bought it on DVD, I have seen it multiple times and I developed a massive crush on newcomer Taron Egerton, so Kingsman: The Golden Circle was always going to have a struggle to be as good as, if not better. It definitely isn’t as amazing as the first one but don’t write it off as it’s still a highly entertaining movie.

After their headquarters are destroyed, Kingsman agents Eggsy (Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) call upon their American allies Statesman – which is comprised of Champ (Jeff Bridges), Tequila (Channing Tatum), Ginger (Halle Berry) and Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) – to help them defeat a common enemy. That would be Poppy (Julianne Moore), the head of a drug cartel, who has poisoned all her customers in an attempt to force the president to legalise drugs. The agents must find the antidote before millions are killed.

If that plot sounds a bit flimsy, well, that’s because it is. The story isn’t as strong or cohesive as the previous and it becomes a bit messy, like the increase in cast size and the inclusion of foreign/exotic locations have been detrimental to the storytelling. It’s like it’s searching for a purpose and becomes quite convoluted and, at times, confusing.

Although the film felt like a jumble of scenes without a proper flow, the script is still very funny, with a lot of naughty, tongue-in-cheek jokes. Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman‘s sense of humour is right up my street and I laughed out loud all the time (a LOT more than everyone around me, I might add).

So the comedy factor is still intact, as is the super stylised action we remember from before. It is still slick, fast-paced and sometimes violent but it just doesn’t have that memorable sequence, like Colin Firth‘s bar fight or church massacre.

The characters were well-developed the first time around but only Eggsy and Harry (Firth) get any real development and some emotional moments here. Having such a big cast means that the new additions are under served and not on screen as much as you would expect (with the exception of Pascal).

My favourites were Moore, who seemed to relish her villain role and portrayed it in a refreshing way, and Elton John, who is in it far more than I expected. He is such a scene stealer and got the most laughs, easily.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has received very mixed reviews and while I have a bunch of criticisms, I still enjoyed it a lot and found it very entertaining. I haven’t laughed out loud that hard in ages! Sure, it’s not as good as the first one, but it is still a decent comedy-action movie. It was never going to be able to surpass the first one, it was just too good.

In cinemas Wednesday 20th September

Comments

  1. Gotta say, I thought it was pretty bad. And I really liked the first one as well. Yeah, there were funny moments, but they were sadly overwhelmed by a lot of cringeworthy sexist stuff, and daft action sequences that were either retreads of better sequences from the original, or over CGI-ed nonsense. And what was with the weird conservative agenda, with clips from Fox News, and the whole “maybe you better stick to booze!” anti-drugs schtick? It felt like it had been written by a schoolteacher trying too hard to be hip.

    • Hannah Wales says:

      I didn’t really get the whole anti-drugs and the action sequences were nothing on the first for sure, but I still enjoyed it and found it very funny!

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