Movie Review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” – Golden Sequel

Written by Caitlin Cooper October 01, 2017

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At We Eat Films, we absolutely loved 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, a British spy film that’s modern, fun, and unique enough for contemporary audiences to enjoy. It takes a classic genre, and not only pays homage to it but adds a lot of f-bombs and smooth action sequences to have some fun with it. When I heard Kingsman: The Golden Circle was being made, I immediately knew I wanted to see it. While some films suffer from sequel syndrome – sometimes the magic of the first film just can’t be replicated – Kingsman: The Golden Circle isn’t one of them.

In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the team faces a new threat. Kingsman headquarters are destroyed by an unknown enemy, and when Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) discover that there’s a US spy organization, known as the Statesman, they head to the US to seek help from their allies. Together, the Kingsman and the Statesman gear up with gadgets to defeat a common enemy and save the world.

“Now go on and save the world.”

The plot of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is pretty classic. An unknown enemy. Unlikely heroes. A villain who thinks they’re doing the world a favour. The films takes a classic story and has fun with it. The Kingsman may be classy with their pinstripe suits and slicked back hair, but they swear like sailors and fight like assassins. The relationships between our beloved original characters, along with the new additions, are what keep the film grounded. Eggsy and Merlin are more than colleagues, they’re friends. Harry is a mentor, yes, but he’s also much loved by Eggsy and Merlin. The treatment of female characters in this instalment leaves a little something to be desired. Luckily, Halle Berry’s Ginger is a great addition and Julianne Moore’s Poppy isn’t a sexualized villain. Elton John’s role…as Elton John is quite entertaining and earned a lot of laughs from the audience, myself included. That’s what makes Kingsman so unique and unforgettable: it may be a British spy film, but it has so much fun and thus the audience does too. The film also briefly touches on American politics; the president (Bruce Greenwood) is depicted as a liar who doesn’t care for the people. Take from that what you will. Kingsman is hip and relevant, and that’s exactly what audiences need.

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One of the high points of Kingsman: The Golden Circle is its action sequences. Each flows like a carefully choreographed dance with lots of attention to detail. There’s slow motion to balance the speed ups. Director Matthew Vaughn gives Kingsman a unique feel and flair that elevates the story. The camera follows the twists and turns of the characters, and it makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. Most of the time, the CGI is seamless (except for Poppy’s guard dogs which sometimes look a little bit too much like transformers).

“We’re from the Kingsman tailor shop in London, maybe you’ve heard of us.”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not without its issues, but it was funny, fun, and action-packed. Sure, some of the charm of the original was lost, but the film is enjoyable. And though the ending is wrapped up nicely, I wouldn’t mind another instalment, this time with more female agents. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a lot of fun to watch. It was an evening well spent because much like Kingsman: The Secret Service, it’s a unique and fun take on the spy film. If this sounds like your cup of tea, get thee to the theatre.

My Rating: 8/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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