Somewhere between James Bond and Austin Powers, you’ll find Kingsman.
Based on the comic book by Mark Millar from Kick-Ass, the first film adaptation arrived in 2014 and now its sequel is about to hit theaters.
Crossing the pond to team up with their American counterparts, the Statesman, how is Colin Firth and Taron Egerton’s sequel doing?
So far, Kingsman: The Golden Circle has received a 68% rating for Rotten Tomatoes, with a mix of reactions ranging from praise to critics.
As ultraviolent as the first film, and ultrasmutty, The Golden Circle will leave the Kingsfans smiling, even if its characters have less growth to do this time around.
Considerable insight is applied to the design and execution of almost every scene to make this old spy stuff feel fresh, which it mostly does.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle packs in spy-genre action and riffs, but adds enough fresh and fun elements to provide an exciting sequel.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is as cheeky, cartoonish, and insane as its predecessor, but he’s also not afraid to demolish what came before him if he’s in the service of history.
However, the film was not for everyone …
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This insanely too long and tedious follow-up doesn’t seem to get the first idea of what to do with himself – especially when it comes to his much-vaunted all-star cast, the majority of whom are barely in it.
Even approached with the watered-down expectations one brings to a late-September Hollywood sequel, Matthew Vaughn’s tailor-made follow-up on secret agent is hugely disappointing.
Everything is aggressively styled, overly fast paced, and sound of ears, leaning so heavily on CGI that nothing – not a single thing – seems to match the real world.
It’s still a thrilling race with unparalleled action sequences in their high-speed blasts, but the new additions struggle to disguise the familiarity under this Secret Service.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits UK theaters on September 20, 2017.