Movie Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is an 2017 action film, and a sequel to the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy, now known under the Kingsman agent codename Galahad, who alongside agent Merlin (Mark Strong) seek help against a new threat, Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), who has once again targeted the population of the world. The Kingsmen must turn to their American counterparts, the Statesmen, including agents Tequila (Channing Tatum) and Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) to stop this new threat. This sequel is once again directed by Matthew Vaughn.

+ Egerton and Strong are both fantastic, in their reprising roles as Galahad and Merlin, respectively. Strong in particular has a strong (lol, get it?) showing, and even gets to show off his singing voice to the tune of one of my favourites. Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) is great, and has several scenes devoted to his weapon of choice – an incredibly deadly and precise whip -which are visually impressive, if not particularly welcome (see below)
+ Julianne Moore makes for a phenomenal villain as Poppy Adams, owed to her charismatic 50s demeanor, and her love for the same 50s diners and barbershop designs. I enjoyed Moore much more than Samuel L Jackson in the previous film, thanks in no small part to the way she torments her captured guest (a surprise cameo star)

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Taron Egerton and Mark Strong are the highlights of this film, with little else trying to take that spotlight.

– the action was so over the top, constantly trying to emulate the successful church scene from the first film, that there was no time to digest the ‘cool’ moments. Much like Legolas climbing the crumbling staircase in The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies, the action may have been impressive had this just been a quick moment, rather than a slow-motion focus of the scene. Basically, the more attention drawn to these moments, the less impressive they are
– the whole plot felt like an action movie a 12 year old boy would write; “there’s this secret agent but es young and cool and he has a hot girlfriend and he shoots guns and has a cool car and this other hot blonde girl also wants him and he gets with her and then he is cooler than the old guys and yeah”. I don’t remember the first film having as many f-bombs, either, and frankly it was unnecessary
– aside from just Pascal, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges join the cast in what can only be described as cameo roles, which was very disappointing. I honestly don’t know if I even need to bother saying their characters’ names or motivations. I was disappointed that these characters were not more important, especially after Tatum’s prominence in the trailers I had scene

Should you see this film: No. This was absolute steaming garbage, and I feel bad for the actors, film crew and anyone who had a stake in this film. I’m a big fan of Egerton and especially Strong, so I wish neither of them were involved in this dumpster fire of a movie.

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