‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (2017, 15)

Is “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” like a gentleman-spy or more of a sequel bad-try?

When Kingsman Headquarters are left ruined by an attack from the psychotic villain Poppy (Julianne Adams), Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) must follow their leads to discover who’s behind the attack, and then stop the villain from initiating a world-wide pandemic. Only by using the initiative and ingenuity of true Kingsman can they stop Poppy and her Golden Circle (and the help of some American friends)  — and find a familiar face along the way…

The first “Kingsman” film was a complete breath of fresh air, mixing both comedy and spy movies in a way that hadn’t been done before. This wasn’t just “Johnny English” or any other spoof spy-film; it was more satirical in it’s approach to making fun of spy movies, exaggerating common clichés and faults within these action flicks and with it making us laugh — but also being on the edge of our seat.

In the original, this was a breath of fresh air. However — and I don’t like starting with the negatives — in the sequel, I feel as though it has lost its appeal slightly. The film follows a similar basic plot to the original and, though it is still very funny, I don’t feel as though this sequel lives up to the original necessarily as much. I don’t know, maybe it’s because there was a lot of hype and pressure for this sequel to be as good as the first and it was a question of ‘where could they go next?’.

However, that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the film. I did like the integration of the ‘Statesman’, the American version of the Kingsman, and I did find a lot of the gags funny. For me, the best part of the film had to be the inclusion of Elton John as a hostage of the villain, Poppy. The inclusion is just such an oddball and crazy idea that it fits the image of the ‘Kingsman’ films perfectly.

Of course, there’s also the brilliantly choreographed and shot fight-scenes in the film, which, as ever, were a joy to watch. The constant camera movements, fast-pace and often loud music in the background adds a bit of flare to the fight scenes in these two movies that is always fun to watch.

Overall, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a fun watch and a good bit of fun. It’s got good action and some great gags, but for me the plot was a little too much like the previous film. For that, ‘The Golden Circle’ gets a seven-out-of-ten.

7/10.

 

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