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Film/TV Kingsman

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by voxx

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Out: Now
Cert: 15
Length: 141 minutes
Rating: 3/5

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges

Plot: When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to discover an allied spy organization in the U.S. These two elite forces must join together in the fight for their lives against a common enemy.

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ had a lot of tropes which gave it an immediate and inevitable success streak back in 2014. It had original tech, a keen origin story of how Eggsy (Edgerton), who lacked a silver spoon, turned into your everyday gentleman by becoming an agent in a secret organisation, extensive training and perhaps the riskiest action scene in a modern film. With this collection of images, memorable moments and Henry Jackman’s original score tying all the knots together – you could say it essentially turned 007 up to 11.

This perhaps bodes well for the opening of ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. We open with action upon a car chase – a spectacular five minute section, which thanks to the effects team, pulls off all the polish, all the moves and the quick reactions from the first. Our chavvy hero Eggsy is looking sharp in a Kingsman bespoke suit, and he’s living happily with his girlfriend (a keen well-praised return for Hanna Alström’s Princess Tilde) and his adorable pug JB. Previously we saw him defeating Samuel L. Jackson’s evil billionaire – though here he really has nowhere special to go. That is until there is a threat of destruction and he has to go to the Kingsman’s American counterparts – The Statesman.

There’s a none surprising return for Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, who’s now an amnesiac who studies butterflies, and he’s fitted with an eye patch which surprisingly the 57-year-old pulls off sharply. There are also keen differences that manage to shine their way through; one in particular is that the Kingsman’s headquarters’ looks like a tailor’s shop with the agents’ codenames coming from Arthurian Mythos, while the Statesman headquarters looks like a Whiskey distillery with the agents being named after specific alcoholic drinks. Firstly, there’s Tequila (Tatum, who after his sterling introduction is left as a second rate player). Secondly we have Halle Berry’s Ginger Ale (she’s the computer technician for the organisation), third there’s Whiskey Pascal (he’s essentially the organisations cowboy who comes equipped with a light-up whip and a lasso), and finally there’s the leader of the team, Jeff Bridges’ Champagne or Champ for short. Then of course there’s Julianne Moore’s 50′s obsessed drug kingpin, Poppy Adams, though sadly, like Tatum, after her introductions she’s left underused. These different players do their best to keep the story flowing – but sadly, despite the star-studded cast, the film fails to be as in-depth as the first.

Previously director Matthew Vaughn wasn’t afraid to take risks, specifically with that show-stopping church scene, but sadly ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is left softer like a cushion which ultimately leaves the blows feeling painless. Plus at 141 minutes it’s longer than the first, which Vaughn cleverly uses to unveil new techniques and new tech, but unfortunately this takes a drastic toll on the pacing, making it feel a little slow at times.

Emphatically as you’d expect from Vaughn, the action is fun. This shines the brightest, often thanks to some of the new tools – there’s a robotic arm, the aforementioned electric whip is stunning and there’s a suitcase gun. That said, it’s an enjoyably fun espionage sequel which shines in its action, its tech and all-star cast but ultimately fails to grasp the original energy from the first.

VERDICT: Fun and energetic if you want more of the same action – but this espionage sequel fails to grasp the energy which is left gasping for more. 

- By Corey Denford


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