If you want to hang out with your friends and have a good laugh, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the perfect movie for you. But don’t expect the unexpected.
Kingsman: The Secret Service three years ago was lighting up theaters with deliciously violent action, hilarious one-liners, and a fun satire of spy movie clichés – it was inevitable that we would get a sequel.
Sadly, it looks like the curse of the sequel is upon us, the second film, titled The Golden Circle is not as interesting. It’s a perfectly decent movie, but you tend to expect a lot more from director Matthew Vaughn.
The Golden Circle picks up exactly one year after the events of the first film. Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is now a respected member of the Kingsman who is in a relationship with the Scandinavian Princess from the previous film. Out of nowhere, a drug lord named Poppy (Julianne Moore) decides to eviscerate the entire Kingman team, leaving only Eggsy and his trainer Merlin (Mark Strong) alive. With no other choice, Eggsy must travel to the United States and enlist the help of the Statesman – the American version of Kingsman. He teams up with agents like Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) and Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) to thwart Poppy’s plans to drug the whole world.
The plot is as ridiculous as you would expect from a Kingsman movie. It’s great that director Vaughn doesn’t hold back in the ‘madness’ department.
If you liked the over-the-top nature of the first movie, this one goes much further, with more gore, more superlative impossible stunts, and even riskier comedy. It’s all a roaring exercise in excess. So, if you are in a period of harmless movie escape, this movie is for you. If you want to hang out with your friends, laugh out loud, and drown in beer, this movie is for you. If you’re going to be home alone and want the cinematic equivalent of comfort food, this is the movie to stream.
But if you expect the unexpected you will be disappointed because it looks more like the same. You get the same overused cliché slow-motion, cartoonish villain, and overly long runtime of almost two hours and fifteen minutes.
The Jon Snow resurrection of Colin Firth’s character has already been spoiled in the trailers, so his arrival in the film doesn’t seem as grand as you might expect. There are a handful of other twists and turns, but while they’re predictable, and mostly because we’ve been conditioned to the nature of this movie with a previous movie, it doesn’t feel any fresher.
There is something to be said for the career of Halle Berry, which appears to have been thrown under the bus since winning the Oscar for Monster ball. His character in this film is yet another embarrassingly written, which further damages his reputation. Everyone’s fine, Egerton is still so cool, but it’s about time he branched out into more diverse roles if he is to maintain our interest levels.
The big surprise is Narcos’ Pedro Pascal reminiscent of a young Burt Reynolds here – and looking at his upcoming filmography, it looks like he’s set to become a massive celebrity.