Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Poster #22

In 2015, Kingsman: The Secret Service surprised audiences with its stylishly entertaining take on the spy genre. With a worldwide total of $414 million, it was only a matter of time before Fox announces the sequel. Not only did Fox announce the sequel but they also brought back Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman for the sequel too. Kingsman: The Golden Circle marks the first time that Vaughn and Goldman developed a sequel. Does Kingsman: The Golden Circle mark Vaughn and Goldman first successful sequel or does the dynamic duo fall into the sequelitis curse?

In spite of Kingsman: The Golden Circle being a bit inferior to the first film, the film is still a wildly entertaining and fun film.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows the Kingsman’s journey to the United States after their headquarters are destroyed. The Kingsman and Statesman must band together in order to save the world from Poppy and The Golden Circle.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Channing Tatum and Halle Berry

Although this is Matthew Vaughn’s first ever sequel, he treats it as a self-contained film. Luckily for those who have not seen the original Kingsman, you won’t need to watch it before seeing this film. Sure, you’ll miss out on some minor callbacks but you aren’t missing anything major. In a way, this is a good and a bad thing. Because this is a film that stands on its own, they reacquaint audiences to the Kingsman while introducing us to the Statesman. This essentially makes the film feel a little long for audiences.

Fortunately, the film is so much fun that audiences will overlook these minor gripes. When I say fun, I mean that the film is a non-stop entertainment ride from start to finish. The film is chock full of hilarious moments, including a priceless cameo by a famous musician. Not to mention these aren’t the type of gags that fire at a rapid pace and hoping to connect at a high percentage rate. Every gag is relevant to the story and it’s surprising to see gags treated this way.

As good as the film is, there are several action sequences that are too frenetic for its own good. The cinematography during these scenes moves so fast that it might make your head spin. With these hyperactive action sequences, Vaughn might fit into the mold should he take the Man of Steel 2 gig.

As hilarious as this film is, Kingsman: The Golden Circle has a lot of emotion in it as well. Much of it comes from the film’s star: Taron Egerton. Egerton’s character, Eggsy, goes through many emotional moments in the film. These moments showcases Egerton’s ability to display a wide array of emotions. Ranging from joy to regret and sorrow, this role brings the best out of the charming Egerton.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Pedro Pascal

The highly underrated Mark Strong also deserves kudos for his role as Merlin. Even though he isn’t in the film as much as the first, he still brings a lot to the film. He also has one of the most emotional moments in the film. Sadly, Colin Firth’s role in the film isn’t as good as you might expect. That is to say, his use in the film is a little weird. Firth does well with the role because let’s be honest, he’s still Colin Firth. However, the filmmakers underutilize someone of his caliber in the film.

As for the Statesman, Pedro Pascal is his usual charming self as Agent Whiskey. Believe it or not, he is in the film way more than his fellow Statesman agent, Channing Tatum. Despite the fact that Channing Tatum has been all over the film’s advertising, he is barely in the film. In fact, it seems as if his character is being saved for the possible third Kingsman film. Unfortunately, the same can be said of Jeff Bridges as Champagne, the head of the Statesman organization. Bridges is barely in the film. Halle Berry gives a subtle acting performance as Ginger Ale.

In regards to the villain, Julianne Moore has some scene-stealing moments but the filmmakers underutilize her as well. Thankfully, she is so much fun to watch on screen.

Overall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be the most fun you’ll have in theaters this year. The film is just so much fun that you’ll forget some of the film’s issues.

Rating: 4/5 atoms

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