When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. Written by
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We're from the Kingsman tailor shop in London, maybe you've heard of us.
Oh, the Kingsman? Huh. That's where you got all them fine suits and them fancy spectacles you got on.
Y'all look damn sharp. Let me see if I got it right here, you want me to believe that it's normal for a tailor to hack into an advanced biometric security system with nothing but... that little bitty watch you got on?
[Silence, Tequila cocks his rifle]
I can promise you, that dog don't hunt. So why ...
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a Good Spy Flick That Falters in Comparison to the Original
Kingsman: The Golden Circle brings back all your favourite characters from the original and brings many fresh new characters to the forefront. I must give the movie some credit here, the idea of the Statesmen could have been really hokey but as the movie goes on, you become more interested in the Statesmen agency and the major players within it. They give some added dimension to some unexpected returnees from the first entry (although the subject matter of their relationship was a little iffy, I was pleasantly surprised they brought back Princess Tilde in such a large role) and Eggsy hasn't changed too much from where it counts. There's one glaring exception to my praise though, they bring back one of the biggest and best characters from the original and I think they really fumbled the ball. It was so disappointing to the point where I almost regretted his inclusion in this sequel.
With a good chunk of this movie taking place in the U.S.A and the jungle, they also introduce some engaging set-pieces and locations. I didn't get the reasoning behind Poppyland completely but it looked cool and added something distinctive. The Statesmen headquarters was a little hit or miss but it was also better than expected. Most of the CGI and visual effects in the movie are largely well done and they help sell some of the more outlandish bits.
The best part of this movie is that the excellent action scenes from The Secret Service carry over. There's nothing to match the church/Free Bird set piece (which despite controversial subject matter is one of the best action scenes I've ever seen) but there are many smaller scenes that carry that same flavour. They don't waste any time dropping you into it either, 5 minutes into the movie and you're getting a neat car chase/fight sequence. So, while I can't say it topped The Secret Service, they continue their great action work with very little decline in quality.
Taron Egerton came out of nowhere to capably carry the Kingsman franchise. Another positive thing I can say is that this follow up shows that his leading man chops from the first one wasn't a fluke. He is this character and he's earned the right to continue playing it. Mark Strong returns as Merlin, he was an underrated part of the first one and he's solid again here. It was nice to see Edward Holcroft again as Charlie but I was disappointed that Sophie Cookson had such a small roll. Channing Tatum slips into his character Tequila nicely but the movie didn't advertise his role properly. The surprise MVP is Pedro Pascal as Whiskey. He nails his part and he steals almost every scene he's in. They didn't give Halle Berry or Jeff Bridges much to do as Ginger Ale and Champagne respectively. I think Julianne Moore was an inspired choice as Poppy and she does a good job but she's let down by how her character is written. She's just not given as much to work with as Samuel L. Jackson was. To avoid spoilers, I'm not going to touch on the surprise return of a certain character or the big celebrity cameo.
The most common complaint I've heard from fans of the first movie is that this movie is just a retread of the original. You can see parallels but I wouldn't agree with that assessment. I think this movie suffers from the next problem most sequels face. They feel the need to go bigger, to outdo themselves and to ratchet up almost every facet. There were plenty of good ideas and aspects worth praising in The Golden Circle but the movie also felt needlessly goofy. Eggsy was a semi-realistic character in the first one, he was a good kid in a tough neighbourhood that was in an even tougher situation. His rags-to-riches story was very heartfelt and it kept the movie grounded. He's turned into James Bond in this and his problems (minus The Kingsman Agency blowing up) seem much more conventional and less threatening. The rules and lore surrounding the Statesmen aren't well defined and they're importance/effectiveness seems to wildly fluctuate. Poppy isn't more over-the-top than Valentine but she seems to be way too playful and it's hard to take her seriously. The movie wants to say something about the war on drugs but the message feels vague and at the same time very heavy handed. These are just a few examples of the inconsistent nature of the movie and while there's the requisite action and comedy, this one leans into the absurd humour to the point where it detracts from itself.
I unabashedly love Kingsman: The Secret Service. I thought it was so special the first time I saw it and it has gotten better upon repeated viewings. It payed homage to the classic spy movies but delivered an unconventional and fresh viewing experience. I would rank it among the best movies I've seen not only in 2014 but of this decade. But I was willing to spot this movie as many points as I could, I wanted this to be the next great entry in this franchise. Critics have been harsh on The Golden Circle but if you enjoy the first Kingsman, a lot of the successful elements in that movie are brought back. You still have the thrilling action and although I didn't like choices they made with the characters, the creative team introduces plenty of new things and they expand upon the world. The Golden Circle is absolutely worth seeing and I think most people will get a kick out of it. I just couldn't help leaving the theatre a little disappointed, Secret Service was so awe-inspiring for me in many ways and this won't have the same staying power. I would give this a 7.5/10 rounding up to an 8/10.
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