A whole year after watching Kingsman: The Secret Service, I finally got around to number 2! With another three Kingsman movies reportedly on the way, it was definitely time to catch up. (FYI, I’m really looking forward to The King’s Man, which is supposedly finally going to hit the big screen in December of this year.)
The Golden Circle is a sequel to The Secret Service in the most traditional sense. It’s not a spin-off or a prequel or anything fancy, just a good old-fashioned sequel. Unfortunately, it met quite a bit of criticism when it was released. We rejoin Taron Egerton as Eggsy, who is shaken to his very core when the Kingsman organisation is targeted by a new criminal mastermind, blowing up the Kingsman headquarters and setting drones on course to blow up the rest of the gang. He soon uncovers an American counterpart to his employer: The Statesman. Banding together with some new American allies, they work to defeat this new all-powerful villain.
Mark Strong appreciation society STAND UP! 🙋🏼♀️ (Yes, he’s brilliant in this movie, despite having fairly few scenes.)
Why do people have such beef with this sequel? I have a couple of theories. I suspect it’s something to do with the Americanisation of it all. Perhaps most pressingly however (SPOILER ALERT) is the fact that they killed off the one decent female character in the first ten minutes. Way to rub people up the wrong way. I’ll admit that both of these things are a little annoying, but that doesn’t mean this movie isn’t entertaining.
So the story isn’t as tightly-woven or as well written as the first, but it’s still a piece of super well made action comedy goodness. The combat sequences are original and exciting, the dialogue is still really snappy, there’s campy humour galore… This is by no means a “bad” movie, it just had a lot to live up to. Sure the “alpha gel” nonsense is a bit far fetched, but don’t take it all so seriously and you’ll have a good time! I certainly did.
They really came to play with the new additions here too. Pedro Pascal as a lasso-toting cowboy? A flawless piece of casting. Julianne Moore as a 50s housewife supervillain? Inspired. The main cast (Egerton/Firth) lead from the front and continue to be extremely likeable as well, but again, pour one out for Mark Strong, because his most prominent scene turns out to be the most memorable of the lot.
As a whole, there was nothing here that made me dislike The Golden Circle enough to leave a slanderous review. It’s not like it’s supposed to be realistic and it’s still perfecting entertaining to say the very least.
Lighten up, folks! (But RIP to that one character, of course.)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is available to rent on Amazon, the Sky Store, Apple TV and the Google Play Store for £3.49 in the UK.
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Overall Rating: ½