Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Posted September 22, 2017 by in

Quick Stats

Genre: action, comedy, espionage
Director: Matthew Vaugn
MPAA Rating: R
Actors: Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges
Length: 2 hours 21 minutes
Release Date: 9-22-2017
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox, Marv Films, Shangri-La Entertainment, TSG Entertainment
What We Thought

007 gone totally insane.

by Daniel Hodgson
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Skyfall’s restraint and its maturity distinguished Bond #23 as serious espionage cinema.  No exploding pens or jet packs.  Bond used relatively simple gadgets, and the film had as many action set pieces as meditative moments, indicative of a spy film just as interested in adrenaline as Bond’s psychology. Now imagine exactly the opposite of that.
     Kingsman: The Golden Circle is 007 gone totally insane.  Robot Dogs, laser-lassos, mini-condom tracking devices, and kung-fu Elton John.  Cybernetic arms, transforming cars, cowboys.  This movie is batshit crazy, and one of the most the year’s most entertaining movies.  Holy #@%&, what fun!
     The film is the sequel to 2014’s Kingsman:  The Secret Service. Newcomers need not worry, as this film goes out of its way to explain who’s who.  Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is a cockney twenty-something inducted into the Kingsman, an independent intelligence agency.  He’s taught manners and killer moves under the tutelage of Galahad (Colin Firth), a gentleman spy, who gave his life in service of his country.
     Eggsy finds himself on the run after The Kingman are all but wiped out by The Golden Circle, a powerful syndicate lead by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a ruthless drug lord obsessed with 1950’s TV.  Eggsy and his handler Merlin (Mark Strong) head to Kentucky to seek support from the Statesman, their American counterparts.
     Channing Tatum joins the Kingsman cast as Tequila, a wildboy Statesman agent, but it’s Pedro Pascal as Whiskey who becomes Eggsy’s partner stateside.  Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges round out the cast in supporting roles that suggests there will be a third installment if The Golden Circle performs well.
     The sequel is just as fun as the original, but it’s not as fresh.  The Golden Circle is more of the same, but that’s a good thing, having the elements of a formula that works. What it needs, though, is an equivalent of the Church Fight scene.  Fans of the original know what I mean.  It’s a great scene, the kind great movies are made of.  It’s a scene or orgiastic violence and mayhem.  The Golden Circle’s madness is more spread out throughout the film.  There’s as much as action the original, if not more, and it’s all thrilling.  However, none of it meets or beats the Church Fight scene.
     But it has kung-fu Elton John.  I’d see it again just for that.
     The Golden Circle hits theaters as America suffers a drug crisis, specifically opioids.  While far from a serious look at drug use, the film actually does a good job of approaching the issue from both sides.
     This is the kind of film that leaves you wanting more.  More Kingsman, more gadgets, more action.  It’s unrestrained, adolescent, exciting, imaginative, funny as hell, and in brief moments, it shows it has heart.  It would be shame if there were no Kingsman 3.  4.5 out of 5 stars.

About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.


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