Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Out Now On-Demand
A proper spy movie.
Taron Egerton and Mark Strong return to their roles in the sequel to 2014's spy action comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service. Co-stars Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Colin Firth.
When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, Eggsy (Egerton) discovers an allied spy organisation in the US called Statesman. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organisations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world - something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…
- Matthew Vaughn('Kick-Ass', 'X-Men: First Class', 'Kingsman: The Secret Service')
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language, drug use & sex scenes
Managing to be even more ridiculous than its predecessor, Kingsman: The Golden Circle sadly lacks the surprise factor of Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 breath of fresh (sometimes wonderfully foul) air. Unable to repeat the apprenticeship aspect of The Secret Service, its sequel kicks off with formerly-wayward youth Eggsy now a fully-fledged Kingsman agent, and attempts to fill the void left by a relatable underdog tale with overstuffed trans-Atlantic adventure. Uniformly enjoyable viewing, if seldom truly thrilling, the gags come at a clip, Vaughn’s action sequences remain distinctively staged, and callbacks to the prior installment earn solid chuckles.
Once again employing an unconventional supervillain, both in terms of their motives being borderline rational, and in the casting of unlikely actors, The Golden Circle unfortunately doesn’t give smiling baddie Julianne Moore nearly enough to do, certainly not when it comes to stepping into the shoes of Samuel L. Jackson. Most notably, there’s insufficient screen time spent opposite the film’s heroes, but then the film is already busy enough (across two hours and 20 minutes) in drastically expanding Kingsman mythology with a host of American characters and catching up on rivalries and friendships from the previous installment.
At times, The Golden Circle veers closer to Austin Powers territory - not meant as a compliment - than its predecessor, thanks to silliness and a certain celeb cameo, but like the film’s gags that don’t hit, or relatively unengaging narrative, it may stumble but never entirely loses its footing. There’s always another quip or scrap around the corner, as well as unexpected subtleties amongst the OTT - how Eggsy’s romantic relationship clashes with the sort of seduction super-spies are known to engage in, for instance. Judged against a typical big budget sequel, The Golden Circle is excellent - but by the standards of the first film, it’s merely enjoyable.
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Kingsman on steroids, but not in a good way
I was keen to see this film as I really enjoyed ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service”. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I think they took the idea too far in this film. It’s incredibly far-fetched, but it wasn’t too difficultto suspend reality and focus on the scenario. Unfortunately, the scenario was utterly ludicrous. There were some great moments (e.g. the land mine scene), but I found the gore and gratuitous violence just too much this time.
This movie is sh1t. It's really sh1t. I had zero expectations, but it is really, really bad. In fact, the only remotely enjoyable part was when an old guy sh1t his pants - that's right - A joke about sh1t. If I could rate this film any lower, I would. Don't see it. It's sh1t.
Stupid made more stupider
The predecessor was ridiculous - the Golden Circle goes beyond that. So much so I was considering walking out. I only stayed to enjoy bag of sweets and coke
good not great
I enjoyed this movie but it did not live up to my expectations. Channing tatum had very little screen time. Looking forward to the next movie they do with this series. Still rate the first movie higher than this one.
More action-crammed amoral fun :)
Matthew Vaughan moved from producing Guy Ritchie movies to directing, with considerable success – ‘Layer Cake’, ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘X-Men First Class.’ In 2014 his first ‘Kingsman’ movie, ‘The Secret Service’, was a blast of kinetic action scenes and tongue-in-cheek “they don’t make ‘em like that anymore” Roger Moore-era 007-adventure.
It was fun, but Samuel Jackson’s bizarre villain felt too silly and cartoony for me, and the massacre-in-the-church may have been brilliantly staged and shot, but left a queasy moral uncertainty in my stomach.
Was this ‘Austin Powers’-style over-the-top satire, or adoration of gun culture, hyper-violence and mass slaughter? Is the old “it’s just a movie” excuse ok? Is cartoon excess okay? And what about that uber-sexist ending?
In the action-crammed sequel, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’, none of these issues have gone too far away, although it does address the misogyny of the first with a modern take on how Bond-style agent Eggsy (Taron Egerton) treats women.
Colin Firth and Mark Strong are back in support of Eggsy, joined by The Statesman, America’s very own Kingsman-style secret agents, including Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and Halle Berry.
Taking up villain duty is Julianne Moore as a smiling baddie, a part under-developed and under-utilised, but always fun when she’s on screen.
Kingsman take-two is still fast-paced fun, only this time it feels over-stuffed. Heck, even Elton John cameos! Still, if you enjoyed the first film you’re likely to enjoy this one.
With the action and comedy quota turned up to 11 it’s nowhere near the let-down of the ‘Kick-Ass’ sequel. Yes, being a sequel, it lacks the spark of the first and, beneath all the surface noise, explosions, quick cuts, fancy action choreography and cute quips, there’s not a lot going on. And why should there be?
All said and done, ‘Kingsman’ remains cartoony, popcorn fare for fans of action and the first ‘Kingsman’s strange cocktail of simultaneous 70s James Bond satire and adoration.