Kingsman: The Golden Circle
I might as well come out and say I wasn’t a fan of the first. Parts of it were good but I wasn’t really a fan of the overabundance of stylistic action scenes and characters that I didn’t care for. Wasn’t looking forward to the second one but decided to see if Matthew Vaughn was going to be able to turn this film series around for me. I’m not overly fond of Vaughn’s work though I did dig X-Men: First Class. With The Golden Circle, I think this film is definitely better than the first but still not that sold on Kingsman.
In this film the world is under attack from a new threat. A rather great Julianne Moore plays Poppy Adams, who laces the drugs of the world with a toxin causing mass chaos among millions of people. Eggsy of the Kingsman reunites with Harry and the Kingsman work with a secret service from the South named the Statesman. This film makes use of a few A- listers. We’ve got Hally Berry, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges added to the cast.
The film ups the over the top ridiculous gadgets and improbable action scenes. It may be fun for some but I think it just feels really unrealistic and gimmicky. I get that the characters are sharply dressed, drink and present themselves like impeccably dressed agents. Its overbearing though. We kind of get it. The film is overlong, I don’t think I felt the length however I think it becomes clear that the film runs out of steam 3/4 of the way through. Some of the action scenes are headache inducing and really desperately trying to be cutting edge.
I still think the film is overall better than the first. Julianne Moore is actually great as a nice talking, homely, yet violent villain. I didn’t mind Pedro Pascal and some of the other familiar faces added. I hated the inclusion and predominant use of Elton John. It wasn’t funny and was just randomly weird. I know this film will please fans of the first film but its still not a great selling point as to why this franchise should be considered great. It has a few cool moments (Mark Strong and the rendition of Take Me Home, Country Roads is fantastic), but overall I found it to be as a better but still forgettable entry into the series.