It wasn’t that long ago (a week ago actually) that I saw ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’. It became one of those situations where you ask yourself why you hadn’t seen it before. I was enamored by it and loved Matthew Vaughn’s direction and the film in general. It’s pretty easy to say that I was excited for its sequel, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. I am happy to say that it delivers, for the most part…
As I mentioned above, I loved Matthew Vaughn’s direction in the first film and I’m glad to say that he brings his flavor to the table again for the sequel. If you enjoyed the action and dialogue of the first film I thoroughly believe you will enjoy the sequel and what it brings. The stylistic and satisfying action scenes are here and on a bigger scale. Some times one may think that it’s too much or that it’s WAY over the top but you really can’t complain about that here. The film is based upon this type of action so for me it was just great fun to see on screen. An element that surprised me was the humor in this film. I laughed at some lines in the original but ‘The Golden Circle’ had me in tears in some parts. It was something I wasn’t expecting but really elevated and helped me enjoy the film more.
The film is complemented by some great performances. Taron Egerton brings great charisma and charm as Eggsy, Colin Firth and Mark Strong can do no wrong in my book as well. The new cast were great as well, especially Pedro Pascal and Halle Berry. I have almost no gripes with the film at all, I really enjoyed it as much as I did the first one, but my problems with it start with right here with the new cast members.
I was really excited to see Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges in this film, but I feel that they were totally wasted in this film. If you go in expecting much of them then you may (actually will probably) leave the theater unsatisfied. I also didn’t enjoy the film’s villain, Poppy. Don’t get me wrong, Julianne Moore is not the problem at all, if anything she saves and brings the little enjoyment I had with the character. I just feel that the character was never fleshed out or presented as a menace, something I did feel with the first Kingsman villain Richmond Valentine. Another gripe I have with the film is the plot. If we get down to brass taxes it’s about legalizing drugs. Is it effective in the film? Yes. Is it the most compelling? No, but that’s the thing, I didn’t come into this film looking for a great plot and some great, fully fleshed out characters. I came to be entertained by Matthew Vaughn’s style of directing action and fun dialogue as well, making these just minor gripes in the grand scheme of things.
In the end, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ was great fun. The style of it really makes it an entertaining film and the addition of the Statesmen was great aswell. If you enjoyed the first Kingsman and/or over the top action and some good, funny banter, then this is the movie for you. What do you think of the film? Let us know at @SuperBroMovies! –Kenneth Colon
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is now playing in theaters
With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.