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.

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I’m so excited for Kingsman: The Golden Circle!

There aren’t many films I’m genuinely excited about. Sure, there are plenty that I look forward to but looking at the upcoming 2017 movie releases, I really only get truly hyped about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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The 2016 BAFTA Rising Star winner is so hard to pick

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As the only BAFTA category open to public vote, I always feel like it is my duty as a U.K. fan film to vote for the Rising Star Award and I have done in recent years, but my choice has never scooped the award (not even once!) So perhaps I shouldn’t and then my favourite would win.

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My Top 10 Movies of 2015

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Looking back over the past year, there have been some pretty damn good films. But I still had trouble picking my top ten – finding the first six was easy, but the remaining four were not as convincing. So many films I liked at the time, but over the passing months have left little impression. I finally managed to bring you my annual list, which is presented in no particular order.

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Taron Egerton Q&A for Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Apologies about the blur! He moved too fat!

 

So I headed to London’s Apple Store on Regent Street to catch a Q&A with Taron Egerton, the star of the BRILLIANT Kingsman: The Secret Service. He was promoting its DVD release and before I crack on with the Q&A coverage, I want to urge you all to see it because it’s bloody amazing and probably one of my favourite cinema releases this year. Here’s my review.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

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Kingsman: The Secret Service was bloody brilliant. I cannot gush about it enough. There is not one aspect about it I did not like – it had likeable characters, laugh-out-loud humour, super slick action sequences and eye candy. It ticks of all my boxes, which was a massive surprise as the trailer had left me feeling pretty dubious about the whole thing.

Colin Firth is Harry, a veteran gentleman spy, who recruits an unrefined street kid Eggsy (Taron Egerton) onto the Kingsman team, which generally only takes on upper-class men. Eggsy must go through a rigorous training program to become a fully-fledged member of the service, which is trying to tackle a global threat from entrepreneur Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).

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If these three actors weren’t involved, the film would remarkably different. They all bring so much to the table. Firstly, brilliant choice to cast Firth because this is not a role you would associate with him at all – you always expect romcoms or period pieces, but here he is clearly relishing in the change of pace and being able to show off his newly-acquired fighting skills. I watched a few fight sequence thinking ‘Holy crap, I can’t believe this is Colin Firth’ but he was amazing.

Secondly, Egerton is a relative newcomer but I couldn’t image anyone else in the part. His common accent was perfect as well as his ‘chav’ mannerisms and swagger and his charm and charisma jumped off the screen. I couldn’t take my eyes off him – it helps he’s attractive. The delivery of some lines, plus the cheeky winks just had me smiling the whole time. Jackson was great, I loved his look and speech, but his reason for destroying the world seemed pretty flimsy.

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You can tell it’s by the man behind Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn, because the fight scenes employ the same super slick and speedy moves plus a huge dollop of bloody violence. The first time we see Firth’s fight moves and the massive massacre scene inside a church are highlights, plus some of Eggsy’s training scenes. The movie is over two hours but it does feel long. I enjoyed it all.

This is the first time in a long while where I’ve come away from the cinema, thinking ‘that was bloody brilliant’ without negating it by finding faults. People have said it’s a tad sexist towards the end, but that did not bother me whatsoever and it was all in good humour. I think I loved it so much because my expectations were so low. Firth was a delight and Egerton, well, let’s say I’ll be very aware of him in the future!

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Top Films for January

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The top ten movies to see this month are:

Birdman

Michael Keaton stars as Riggan, a washed-up actor who quit a popular action hero franchise and is now trying to prove himself as a legitimate talent by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway play. This comedy has a unique filming style so it looks like it was all shot in one take. Great support cast including Edward Norton and Emma Stone who need awards for their roles! I have already seen and you can check my review here. Released: 1st January

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