With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy. – 20th Century Fox
At last we’ve reached the last movie on my list of most anticipated summer movies. I ended the summer with a bang, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I absolutely adored the first one and was super excited when I found out about the sequel.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who also wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman. Vaughn and Goldman have previously worked together on X-Men: First Class (which is quite possibly one of the best X-Men movies, excluding Logan), Kickass and of course Kingsman: The Secret Service. I’ve enjoyed all of those movies listed, there is a good chance if Matthew Vaughn’s name is behind it, I’ll watch it. In my opinion I feel like Vaughn’s directing style differs from movie to movie with some elements remaining the same. I find that his directing is reminiscent of Guy Ritchie’s style which is fast paced action, quick jump cuts, and scene overlay. Vaughn had previously produced Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, two Guy Ritchie films. The similarities in directing style makes sense.
Anyways I enjoy Guy Ritchie’s style and that style jives well with the tone of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The previous film was one that didn’t take its self too seriously and this one is no different. For the most part James Bond movies aren’t all too realistic but compared to the Kingsman films those movies might as well be documentaries. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is full of over the top cartoon violence and hyper stylized action scenes coupling that with the colorful aesthetic of the film, it feels like you are watching a comic book on the screen. On top of all of that the villain Poppy played by Julianne Moore is completely insane. The only thing more far fetched than Poppy and the action in this movie is the plot. This movie is absolutely bonkers and that’s why I liked it and that’s why I liked the first one. Movies these days take themselves way too seriously. Movies should be fun, definitely not all of them but Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a bloody good time.
Much of the cast returns from the previous film. Colin Firth is back as Harry, which is quite shocking considering he got shot right in the melon. Most people die from a point blank shot to the head unless you’re Damon Wayans from Bulletproof. I absolutely adored Harry so I am not complaining that he is back but I really wish it wasn’t spoiled in the trailers. Along with Colin Firth, Taron Egerton (Eggsy) and Mark Strong (Merlin) are back. Just like Harry I adored both Eggsy and Merlin in the last one. Eggsy is a relatable protagonist, who kicks as much ass as he makes me laugh. Merlin is their version of “Q” from James Bond. In the first film he was more of a background character with moments to shine but in this sequel he really gets to shine with some heart felt character moments and an emotional arc. Something that really made me laugh is that Princess Tilde is back and her and Eggsy are dating. If you don’t remember who she is, Eggsy rescued her in the last movie. After saving her, Princess Tilde bestowed upon Eggsy the gift of royal anal sex.
With the introduction of the Statesman, Kingsman: The Golden Circle brought in many new faces. Jeff Bridges plays Champagne or “Champ” if you know what’s good for you. Champ is the head of the Statesman and under his command he has Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Hispanic Jeremy Renner (Pedro Pascal)) and Ginger (Halle Berry.) The trailers led me and many others to believe Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum were in a lot of the film, unfortunately that was not the case. I felt that both played their roles while but were severely underused. If their is a sequel which I hope there is, I hope we see more of Champ and Tequila. On the other hand, Ginger and Whiskey were in the majority of the film and played pivotal roles. Ginger is the Statesman equivalent of Merlin, together they really bounce off of each other and make each other more interesting. Ginger pushes Merlin into his arc which then pushes her into her own arc. Hispanic Jeremy Renner or Pedro Pascal as they call him is Whiskey and he easily gets the most facetime out of all the other Statesman members. Seriously though, I can’t be the only one who thinks he looks a lot like Jeremy Renner. Anyways Whiskey is the all star member of the Statesman. He has a troubled back story, he is suave with the ladies and can kick a lot of ass with a jump rope. Whiskey is more important to the story than the film would let you believe.
Julianne Moore is Poppy and she is basically an insane, over the top, exaggerated Bond villain. She is the most successful drug lord ever and she wants to be taken seriously as a legitimate business woman. It is clear that she is a psychopath and Julianne Moore cranks it up to 10 on the hammy scale. Poppy actually has Elton John kidnapped for her own entertainment. Elton John may have been the stand out in this film for me. Everything Elton said cracked me up and his song Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) plays somewhat of an important role. Elton kicked some serious ass and made many laughs.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle further explored the world introduced in the first one with the addition of the Statesmen. There was no definitive crazy action scene like the church set piece from the first one but the sequel made up for it with much more jokes than Kingsman: The Secret Service. Don’t get me wrong, Kingsman: The Golden Circle had some brilliant action scenes but just nothing as visceral as the church scene. Nonetheless I greatly enjoyed The Golden Circle and am looking forward to future installments.
I give Kingsman: The Golden Circle an 8 out of 10, would watch again.
“Manners maketh man.”
Hey buy the first one here, I highly recommend it.